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Reid to Koch Brothers: Stay Out of Nevada

Reid makes his way to a news conference after the Oct. 6 Senate policy luncheons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid woke up swinging at familiar foes Tuesday morning: energy magnates Charles and David Koch.  

The Nevada Democrat took to the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Sun to decry the Kochs' criticism of a Nevada natural gas plant proposal earlier this month and their prior promise to spend close to $1 billion in the 2016 election cycle. "Nevadans and people throughout the country must see through this shameful attempt to subvert our democratic process," Reid wrote. "It’s time we let these power-hungry billionaires know that Nevada, the country and the future of our environment are not for sale."  

For years, Reid has fought against the Kochs, in Senate floor speeches and just about every other venue , so much so that Tuesday's editorial largely mirrors a floor speech from earlier this month .  And if history is any guide, more speeches will follow.  

At the same time, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a statement Tuesday morning attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., considered one of the more vulnerable senators in 2016, for a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser in Manhattan hosted by David Koch Monday night, which was reported by The CT Mirror .  

The fundraiser also supported two other Republican senators up for re-election, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Jerry Moran of Kansas, as well as August Wolf, a Republican challenger to Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.  

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