The GOP Doesn't Want You to See This Koch Brothers Documentary
Protesters demand the Los Angeles Times not be sold to the Koch Brothers (portraits) on May 23, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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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.
“The reason really was Citizens United,” Greenwald explains on why he made a new film, “both the fact of Citizens United, the way the Koch brothers played a role in changing the law because they hadn’t liked it, so now they helped bring about Citizens United, and, of course, what we’re seeing now, which is just extraordinary, the sums of money, the literally hundreds of millions of dollars, spent in so many different ways.”
The following is video of an interview with Greenwald, with an accompanying transcript:
NERMEEN SHAIKH: There’s a chilling new documentary about the billionaire Koch brothers that some Republicans don’t want you to see. On Monday, Republican Representative Candice Miller of Michigan tried to block an event at the Capitol unveiling the film, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. Miller claimed the documentary could violate House rules and "cross the line into partisan politics." She unsuccessfully argued that showing the documentary was an inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded facilities. On Tuesday evening, the film event proceeded as planned. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont all attended and spoke at the congressional press briefing where parts of the film were aired. This is the trailer for Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.
UNIDENTIFIED: The Koch brothers are the poster boys for the top 1 percent. Their money, their power fuel the growing inequality in America.
JIM HIGHTOWER: The name Koch has become a four-letter word. Day in and day out, we see the Kochs using their billions to purchase politicians and policy, taking a terrible toll on democracy.
SEN. HARRY REID: Koch brothers, they are bound and determined to do away with government.
JIM HIGHTOWER: Stomping on poor people.
STEPHEN COLBERT: Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch said he wants to eliminate the minimum wage.
ERICA JACKSON: I think the fact that the Koch brothers are trying to take away minimum wage is ridiculous. I don’t see how a dollar could affect them. And I couldn’t imagine anybody making that much even being concerned with somebody making minimum wage. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
JIM HIGHTOWER: The most important thing is not that they have wealth. It’s that they’re using their immense fortune to run roughshod over the American people and grab more wealth for themselves. The Kochs have set the stage by building an ever-growing right-wing presence called Kochtopus. Through this vast network, scripts are written.
GOV. RICK PERRY: We instituted a photo ID requirement for every voter.
JIM HIGHTOWER: Actors are cast.
REP. JOE BARTON: Regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act is wrong and should not be allowed to stand.
JIM HIGHTOWER: And the show is played out on a national stage. But if the curtain is pulled back, we discover that the production is all under the direction of the Koch brothers.
AMY GOODMAN: Part of the trailer of the documentary, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. Charles and David Koch have funneled millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the last four decades, also worked tirelessly to open the floodgates for money in politics. The Koch brothers’ net worth tops $100 billion, and they’re currently tied for fourth on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.