In the movie, Ferrell plays an incumbent Congressman who is running in what is supposed to be an uncontested race. But then the wealthy “Motch” brothers, played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow finance a lovable buffoon of candidate played by Galifianakis to run against Ferrell and, if the writers and actors do their job, hilarity ensues.
While doing press for the film the Galifianakis confirmed the “Motch” brothers in the film are stand-ins for the Koch brothers, and recently said about this about the billionaire conservative political financiers, “I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
Apparently the Koch brothers are not laughing. They responded with the following statement.
Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it’s laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok. We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs. His comments, which appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression and constitutional rights.
Much of the political success the Koch brothers have enjoyed in the past was a direct result of a voting public not knowing who they were or the causes they financed. And while many Americans may not know their name still, they do know the damage Koch-funded super PAC’s and dark money have brought to the electoral process, and they do not like it.
It’s also clear that the Koch brothers are not comfortable with their increasingly public persona. Much like the transparency and campaign finance disclosures they spend so much money to defeat, daylight, to the Koch brothers, brings scrutiny their actions can’t withstand.
So let’s keep it up.
Photo from kaparkins via flickr.