Pelosi, Reid Criticized over Anti-Koch Brothers Film Screening at Capitol

Tonight the Capitol Visitors Center is hosting a screening for an anti-Koch brothers movie, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, by director Robert Greenwald. And both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are attending the screening, and getting flak for having it at the Capitol in the first place.

Republican congresswoman Candice Miller sent a letter to Pelosi expressing concern that airing the film at the Capitol “may cross the line into partisan politics.” She cites rules saying no presentations in the Capitol Visitors Center “may premiere, preview, showcase, or publicize a film.” A Pelosi spokesperson, however, pointed out that particular room they’re using “is not governed by the rules she cites,” and furthermore, says it’s not a screening, but a “press conference in which clips from the film will be shown.”

And the Pelosi spokesperson used the opportunity to go after Miller and her colleagues for being too beholden to the Kochs, a line also used by Reid when he addressed criticisms today over the screening. Reid, who has been on a very anti-Koch tear as of late, says the outcry over the screening shows how the Koch “tentacles are in every part of the Republican congressional establishment.”

[image via Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

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