Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke on the chamber floor about government funding negotiations, U.S. charges against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, and the Koch Brothers campaign finance activities.
Steve Lombardo talked about the political activities of brothers Charles and David Koch, who jointly own the second largest private company in the U.S. Topics included the network of think tanks and political groups supported the Koch brother, and their political philosophy.
Michael Mooney talked about his story in Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Koch Brothers' Industrial Empire," on the multinational business corporation's operations and David and Charles Koch's role in funding political campaigns.
Daniel Schulman talked about his book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, in which he takes a critical look at billionaires David and Charles Koch* and their impact on American politics.
Among its issues in those campaigns were the minimum wage, stagnant workers' wages, taxes on millionaires and corporations, ending NAFTA-like trade agreements, student debt and the influence of David and Charles Koch. The AFL-CIO aired "Koch sisters" ads, which were intended to counter the influence of the Koch brothers and their support for conservative candidates.
Daniel Schulman talked about his book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, in which he chronicles the Koch family's rise to power. In addition to brothers Charles and David, most well known for Koch Industries and their support for libertarian politics, Mr. Schulman talked about lesser known brothers Bill, a wealthy businessman, and Frederick, an art collector who is also involved in historic preservation. The four brothers* spent almost two decades locked in a legal battle over the oil and cattle ranching empire their father left behind at the time of his death in 1967.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor about reports that the Koch brothers were going to run ads in Nevada against him. Senator Reid pointed out that he was not up for re-election until 2016 and said that he was not afraid of the Koch brothers.
Dave Levinthal talked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic party's campaign against David and Charles, Koch, and their Koch Industries, the second largest privately-owned company in the United States. He discussed the brothers' role in presidential and congressional campaigns, and whether or not the Democratic Party had an equivalent to counter the Koch Brothers' influence in campaign politics.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in a Senate floor speech accused billionaires Charles and David Koch of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits Americans from bribing foreign officials.