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Koch Bros to Bankroll Prison Reform

The original article by Tim Mak appeared on The Daily Beast

The Koch brothers are turning their attention and resources to reforming the criminal justice system.

Prepare for the softer side of Charles and David Koch.

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10 Lessons on Making Movies from Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald: A Decade of Speaking Truth to Power

by Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet Democratic:

Lies before waging war in Iraq. Deconstructing Fox News propaganda. Profiling Walmart’s culture of greed. Outing bloody wartime profiteers. Introducing America to the Koch brothers. Revealing why whistleblowers matter. Profiling innocent drone victims. 

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Let’s Count the Ways that the Democrats’ Anti-Koch Message Failed Them

by David Weigel for Bloomberg:

Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley is the official gump of the midterms. Everyelection recap of length includes at least one intra-Democrat dig at Braley, a congressman elected in the 2006 wave who seemed, initially, like a safe bet to inherit Tom Harkin's old Senate desk. Every recap recalls that he not only mocked incoming Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley as "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" (Judiciary has never been chaired by a non-lawyer), but that a donor who I can only assume was named Ignatius J. Reilly—a Braley supporter!—thought this barb was worth uploading to YouTube. 

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Koch Wealth Comes at a Great Cost to Communities

by Allen Richard for Midland Daily News

The Koch story — seriously?

The recent Op-ed by Dr. Timothy G. Nash looks like it was copied from a Koch Industries PR pamphlet. As the late Paul Harvey would say, “Now for the rest of the story.”

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Leadership Starts with Us

by JSegal Daily Kos:

When the people lead the leaders will follow! Don't wait for a savior or organization to spring up and lead you.

People must organize ourselves, and unite for the greater good of the nation and in fact our world. WE are not alone!~ But we must start alone by ourselves where we are.

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‘Relentless and Ruthless’: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on the Koch Brothers

by Jon Queally for Common Dreams:

Robert Greenwald is the director of the recently re-released documentary film, Koch Brothers Exposed; 2014 Edition, and the founder and president ofBrave New Films, where he has produced and directed films including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Recently, Greenwald spoke with NEA Today to talk about the billionaire Koch brothers’ efforts to undermine the public good and promote the interests of the 1 percent in America. 

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Other Views: Campaign cash and the Kochs

repost of the Las Vegas Review Journal Opinion piece in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Campaign cash and the Kochs

No political contributors are as widely vilified as the Koch brothers.

Their immense wealth and interest in conservative and libertarian causes has made them a popular target among left-leaning pundits and political figures. The folks at Brave New Films — the production company responsible for the documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed” — say the billionaires “have been handed the ability to buy our democracy in the form of giant checks to the House, Senate, and soon, possibly even the presidency.”

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Obsessed: 19 of Kay Hagan’s Last 21 Supporter Emails Have Mentioned the Koch Brothers

by Cortney O’Brien for TownHall

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) has a bit of an unhealthy obsession. By the looks of her supporter emails, it seems she can’t get two people out of her head: the Koch brothers. In fact, 19 of her campaign’s last 21 emails have mentioned those mean old, rich Kochs.

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The crimes of the Kochs

by George Gresham for the New York Amsterdam News

Last month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted to sever its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant and to participate in a summit with the billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch.

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TriPol: Mayor McFarlane, husband to meet professor they funded

From newsobserver.com

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will have dinner next week with a UNC professor who has the mayor’s name in her job title.

McFarlane and her husband, Ron, made a major contribution last year to UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy to create the Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professorship in Pharmacy Practice. The couple own MedPro Rx, a specialty pharmaceutical company.

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NEA accuses Koch Brothers of funding former Wake County school board majority

By T. Keung Hui for newsobserver.com

 Add the National Education Association to those accusing the conservative Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of having backed the Wake County school board's former Republican majority that won the 2009 elections.

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Koch Bros. Exposed

By Manhasset Press

Billionaires David and Charles Koch are the subjects of a new documentary by Brave New Films that will be shown on “A SANE Voice, ” Great Neck SANE/Peace Action’s monthly program on Public Access Television.

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Letter: Influence of wealthy needs to be checked

By Janet Hays for the New Orleans Advocate

I followed the spring legislative session in Louisiana closely because of my concerns with issues about health care, criminal justice, education and the environment — to name a few. Everywhere I looked, I saw the influence of big money. CEOs and corporations used their extraordinary wealth to railroad over our human rights just to safeguard their own private interests despite the fact that they pollute and poison our environment, keep us locked in prisons, starve us of health care, starve us of decent living wages, starve us of a decent education and the list goes on.

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NEA accuses Koch Brothers of funding former Wake County school board majority

By T. Keung Hui for the Charlotte News Observer

Add the National Education Association to those accusing the conservative Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of having backed the Wake County school board's former Republican majority that won the 2009 elections.

 

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In Wichita, Koch Influence Is Revered and Reviled

By Carl Hulse for the New York Times 

WICHITA, Kan. — In national politics, playing in Charles Koch’s arena can mean saturation advertising against vulnerable Democrats, calls for tax cuts, demands to roll back government regulation and bitter clashes over climate change.

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Bring on the Popcorn! Billionaire Koch Brothers Star in New Documentary

By Clyde Weiss for AFSCME

Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, whose vast wealth as head of Koch Industries enabled them to finance the tea party, are now documentary film stars, and this film is one we encourage you to watch.

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LETTER: Watch film, join fight against Kochs

Jerry Ryberg for the Galesburg Register

Editor, Register-Mail: Our screening of Brave New Films’ “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” Tuesday evening upstairs at the Galesburg Public Library, drew 21 people. That was more than I expected. I’m sure that none of them knew the full extent of how and how fast Charles and David Koch are taking us to a complete oligarchy. “Gasps of dismay” were heard during the screening.

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LETTER: Watch film, join fight against Kochs

For The Register-Mail

Our screening of Brave New Films’ “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” Tuesday evening upstairs at the Galesburg Public Library, drew 21 people. That was more than I expected. I’m sure that none of them knew the full extent of how and how fast Charles and David Koch are taking us to a complete oligarchy. “Gasps of dismay” were heard during the screening. 

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Brooklyn College Defends Academic Freedom By Saying No To Koch Millions For Its Business School

By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet

Unlike an estimated 150 colleges and universities that have taken $56 million from the billionaire libertarian industrialist Koch brothers since the 1980s—and then integrated their extreme right-wing agenda into business classes while censoring other views—the New York City college keeps rejecting Koch cash, an aggrieved libertarian business school professor complained in a detailed report by InsideHigherEd.com.  

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[INTERVIEW] Robert Greenwald speaks with Ed Schultz about Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition

On May 22nd, Robert Greenwald spoke with Ed Schultz on his radio show about the launch of Brave New Films' updated Koch Brothers Exposed film. 

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[INTERVIEW] Robert Greenwald appears on KPFK's Connect The Dots with Lila Garrett

On Monday, June 9th Robert Greenwald appeared on KPFK's Connect The Dots with Lila Garrett. Watch the video below to listen to their conversation. 

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[INTERVIEW] Robert Greenwald on Ed Schultz' Podcast

This interview originally appeared on We Got Ed as part of their daily podcast

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'America Has a Koch Problem!' - Activists Rally Outside David Koch's NY Apartment

By Jodie Gummow for AlterNet.

“America Has a Koch Problem!” That was the hard-hitting theme of a block party protest hosted by New York activists and concerned citizens outside David Koch’s Park Avenue apartment on Thursday night, aimed at exposing the Koch Brothers' extremist right-wing political agenda.

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Three New Ways the Koch Brothers Are Screwing America

Elisabeth Garber-Paul's Rolling Stone Article reposted on Big News Network

"They are truly cowards in the worst way," says filmmaker Robert Greenwald, of the notorious billionaires Charles and David Koch. And he should know. After he released his 2012 documentary, "The Koch Brothers Exposed," Koch-funded organizations took out ads trying to discredit Greenwald and his work, yet the brothers still declined his repeated offers to debate the topics covered in the film, like the re-segregation of schools and the defanging of the EPA. "I wanted to engage in a policy debate," he says. "But they won't engage." 

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'Koch Brothers Exposed' Screening Set for David Koch's Apartment

By Hannah Hess for Roll Call

When clips from “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” were aired in the Capitol Visitor Center, Republicans cried foul and Democrats lashed back.

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Three New Ways the Koch Brothers Are Screwing America

By Elisabeth Garber-Paul for Rolling Stone

"They are truly cowards in the worst way," says filmmaker Robert Greenwald, of the notorious billionaires Charles and David Koch. And he should know. After he released his 2012 documentary, "The Koch Brothers Exposed," Koch-funded organizations took out ads trying to discredit Greenwald and his work, yet the brothers still declined his repeated offers to debate the topics covered in the film, like the re-segregation of schools and the defanging of the EPA. "I wanted to engage in a policy debate," he says. "But they won't engage." 

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The Quartet That's Most Responsible for America's Decline

By Dennis S for PoliticusUSA

The four most despicable and repugnant Americans are Charles and David Koch, Karl Rove and the occupying army of corporate tarts constituting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This unholy quartet will be responsible for the deaths of probably hundreds of thousands (millions?) of more people than even the most pitiless of mass murderers. In a political sense, all are child abusers. Ever been around a dying child with deep respiratory distress brought on by pollution? These four share the blame.

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Tea Party Group Fires Latest Shot in Koch War

By Steve Tetreault for the Las Vegas Review Journal

WASHINGTON – A tea party group has fired the latest shot in the Senate war over the Koch brothers.

Tea Party Patriots filed a Senate complaint on Monday against Sen. Harry Reid, saying the majority leader from Nevada was using his office to “unlawfully and unethically” target private citizens, namely billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

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American billionaires: David and Charles Koch

By Wolf D. Fuhrig

In 1888, a Dutch immigrant by the name of Hotze “Harry” Koch arrived in the United States and settled in Quanah, Texas, where he started the local Tribune-Chief newspaper. He was the father of Fred Koch (1900-1967) who became a chemical engineer and founded the oil refinery that later became Koch Industries, now the second-largest privately held company in the United States.

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Meet the Kochs

By David Weigel at Slate

The muckraking movies, the books, and the biographies: Are we finally learning who the Koch brothers really are? 

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Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Joe Barton, Texas GOP Serve as Shills for the Koch Brothers

By Carolyn Shore at Daily Kos

It should come as no surprise to any of us. The Koch brothers are using their wealth and influence to purchase a political system for themselves. They want to destroy the federal government and dismantle democracy as we know it. They have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into elections, political campaigns and think tanks  that support and promote the Koch's anti-democratic, greed driven Libertarian views. The Koch boys are against a minimum wage, public education, social security, Medicare, Medicaid and most social programs that help people.  

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Interview: The GOP Doesn't Want You to See This Koch Brothers Documentary

By Amy Goodman at Alternet

In this video clip, filmmaker Robert Greenwald speaks to Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman about his new updated documentary, Koch Brothers Exposed, which tells how billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch used their endless wealth to promote conservative causes that includes attacking unions and government programs and preventing a raise in the minimum wage.

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Koch brothers mania arrives at the Capitol

By Dana Milbank at The Washington Post 

Kochmania came to the Capitol this week, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) screened clips in the Capitol Visitor Center of a new film by liberal documentarian Robert Greenwald, “Koch Brothers Exposed.”

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Senator Blasts Harry Reid for Double Standards on Campaign Donors

By Washington Free Beacon Staff

Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and other congressional Democrats for alleged double standards in his ongoing campaign of vilification of donors to right-leaning political groups.

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Bernie Sanders Dismisses The Koch Brothers' 'Kookie Crazy' Influence

By Christine Conetta at The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders is still fighting the influence of the Koch brothers.

The Vermont Senator spoke at the screening of Robert Greenwald’s updated documentary, "Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition," Tuesday night.

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Unreal: Democrats Screen Anti-Koch Film at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

By Daniel Doherty at Town Hall

Apparently slingin’ rhetorical arrows at the Koch brothers from the Senate floorisn’t working out all that well. So you could say Congressional Democrats arestepping up their game

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Koch Brothers Movie Saga Continues With Democrats Pointing to Precedent

By Hannah Hess at Roll Call 

The Capitol Hill premiere of a film about billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch sparked outrage from Republicans on Tuesday, but it wasn’t all that long ago that a movie co-produced by Citizens United was being screened in the Capitol Visitor Center.

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Bernie Sanders and Harry Reid screen new film, "The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014" - Watch it free

By HoundDog at Daily Kos

Bridget Bowman of Roll Call reports a controversial "screening, press conference, or meeting" - it became unclear exactly what it was after a G.O.P. rules challenge  - last night, in the Capital Visitors Center Center of  'Koch Brothers Exposed’ Film Premieres, but Democrats Take No Questions. The Republicans accused Democrats of impropriety, and the Democrats basically said. ... well why don't you read about it ... you will get a chuckle I think.  

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Democrats say democracy under threat from Koch brothers

Fox News’ Kara Rowland contributed to this report.

Leading congressional Democrats on Tuesday said democracy was under threat from the Koch brothers at a screening of a new film critical of the powerful political duo.

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Harry Reid defends screening of Koch film

By Seung Min Kim at Politico 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is defending a screening of a film on the Koch brothers in the Capitol, saying GOP criticism of the event shows how the billionaires’ “tentacles” are all over congressional Republicans.

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Reid, Pelosi Twist Words To Defend Use Of Capitol To Promote Partisan Koch-Bashing Film

By Personal Liberty News Desk

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will use the Capitol Visitor Center inside the U.S. Capitol building tonight to screen and discuss a film whose title is as politically weighted as its message: Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.

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High On Koch: How Harry Reid Makes Everything About The Koch Brothers

By Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo

Every major election-year fight in 2014 has been co-opted or spun by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats' campaign committees) into a broadside against billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Kochs and their ostensible Republican lackeys.

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Exposing the Koch Brothers and the Price We All Pay

By Robert Greenwald 

If there can be such a thing as a typical American billionaire, David H. and Charles G. Koch do not fit that bill. They are not just among the richest Americans -- $100 billion and counting. They are deeply political libertarian industrialists. They have worked in the shadows for decades to bend government to do their bidding or to destroy it, becoming richer while attacking social safety nets in many areas -- environment, education, voting rights, union organizing. No other billionaire has that political track record.

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Pelosi Helps Progressives Break Funding Rules, Says House Panel

By Neil Munro at The Daily Caller

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is helping a progressive group break Capitol Hill fundraising rules by hosting the premier of a partisan movie in the Capitol Visitor Center, according to the GOP chairman of the Committee on House Administration.

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DEMOCRATS PERSIST IN ILLEGAL USE OF CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER

By John Hinderaker

I wrote here about Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s bizarre plan to team up with Robert Greenwald, a far-left video maker in screening Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The film, which we have written about several times, contains little or nothing but misinformation. The screening is scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Visitor Center of the Capitol building.

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‘Koch Brothers Exposed’ Screening Sparks Fight Over CVC Rules

By Hannah Hess for Roll Call

Republicans are warning that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s request to host the worldwide premiere of liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition,” is a violation of rules and could spark an ethics investigation.

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11 Things The Koch Brothers Don't Want You To Know, From Robert Greenwald's Newly Updated Documentary

By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet

The mega-billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, stand apart in the world of Republicans.

In 2012, their network of hardcore libertarian political donors spent $400 million on negative campaign ads intended to destroy government safety nets and defeat Democrats. They want to repeal Obamacare, dismantle labor unions, repeal any environmental law protecting clean water and air, roll back voting rights, privatize Social Security, stop a minimum wage increase and more. They don't care about destroying the checks and balances in American democracy to get their way.

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Robert Greenwald: Why I Am Compelled to Expose the Koch Brothers and the Price We All Pay

Blog by Robert Greenwald which originally appeared on AlterNet.

If there can be such a thing as a typical American billionaire, David H. and Charles G. Koch do not fit that bill.

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INTERVIEW: Ed Schultz is fired up over Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition film

Interview originally aired on MSNBC.

On Tuesday, May 20th Robert Greenwald spoke with Ed Schultz about Brave New Film's refreshed Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. 

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Fox News freaks out over Koch Brothers Exposed Press Event

Segment originally aired on Fox News

On Tuesday, May 20th Brave New Films held a press event at the Congressional Visitors Center that ruffled the feathers of the Republicans. This is Fox News' take on the issue. 

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Live Stream of Koch Brothers event with Sen. Reid

On Tuesday, May 20th Brave New Films hosted a media briefing in the Congressional Visitor's Center with Sen. Harry Reid unveiling new investigative segments from the new Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.  

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Koch Brothers Revealed In Damning Film Exposé

By Mike McAuliff for the Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The billionaire Koch brothers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars because they don't want the government messing with Americans' lives or businesses. But a film coming out this week aims to show that they're perfectly willing to put their own thumbs on the scales of other people's freedom, often with heartbreaking consequences.

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GOP rep raises concerns over showing of anti-Koch brothers movie in Capitol

Published on FoxNews.com.

A Republican lawmaker is raising concerns over the fact that Democrats are planning to host the premiere of an anti-Koch brothers documentary in a taxpayer-funded room in the Capitol on Tuesday.

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Nancy Pelosi criticized on Koch film

By Lauren French for Politico

The show must go on — unless it breaks congressional rules.

Rep. Candice Miller, the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, wrote to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday saying a scheduled film screening of an anti-Koch brothers movie in the Capitol Visitor Center is violating House and Senate rules.

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Lawmaker: Screening of Koch film may break House rules

By Fredreka Schouten for USA Today.

Plans by top Democrats to highlight a film critical of the billionaire Koch brothers at the Capitol Visitors Center this week may violate House rules and should be reconsidered, according to the head of the House committee that oversees the day-to-day running of the chamber.

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Robert Greenwald Joins Ed Schultz Radio Show to Talk about Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition

Robert Greenwald joined Ed Schultz on the Ed Schultz radio show to discuss the upcoming release of Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 edition and the impact the Koch brothers have had on the political process. 

 

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Reid, Pelosi to attend Koch movie screening

By Burgess Everett for Politico

The Koch brothers are headed to the big screen — and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are coming along for the ride.

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