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Koch Bros. Feelings Hurt By New Galifianakis Comedy

Koch Bros. Feelings Hurt By New Galifianakis Comedy

Zach Galifianakis stars with Will Ferrell in a new political comedy “The Campaign” and has apparently struck a nerve with the Koch brothers.

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.

 

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5:36AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

"...our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression and constitutional rights."
Even if that were true; the only freedom and rights they have ever supported are the ones that would give them the right to buy politicians and elections and turn the whole world into a market for their products and an abundance of cheap, unprotected labor.


7:58AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Shakespearean; or maybe even throwback to Greek comedies. This movie has excellent company in historical perspective; and it's good to see that our modern cinema lives up to it's proper role for benefit of human kind. The Koch Bros. definitely need to take a look at the men in the mirror; & CHANGE. I'm surprised that they would even care what their public image is; & maybe this is a way to make them understand just how much misery they create & disseminate. There is still HOPE in the world; in that freedom of speech continues to live through mediums such as these.

2:53PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thanks

4:53PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:23AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Oh dear what a pity.

8:09AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Waahh - I don't like the film ,WAAAAHH!

4:29AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Ah didums, these creeps need to know what hell they create with their total self interest. How can they do what they do and have any scruples whatsoever. Pathetic excrement the pair of them.

10:20PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Down with the koch !!

8:10AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Please, give me a break!!!! HELLO!!!

8:33PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I don't know who I have a lower opinion of - the Koch Brothers or the Walton clan. I can't do a whole lot to show either of them how I feel about them but I haven't set foot in a Walmart Store in over 8 years and don't intend to ever do so again. From what I hear the goods from China they're selling now are so crappy I wouldn't want to waste my money on them. I may spend a few cents more but I try to give my business to the Mom and Pop stores or other stores who act like they give a darn when I shop with them. And I talk to every one I have an opportunity to about their selling techniques, how poorly they pay their employees, how they treat their women employees, etc. One pebble tossed into a pond does make waves.

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