“…In The Campaign, out this weekend, Will Ferrell plays an incumbent Congressman who’s running what’s supposed to be an uncontested race-
- when a pair of wealth brothers by the name of Motch put up a genial dummy, played by Zach Galifianakis, to run against him.
Unsurprisingly, Galifianakis confirmed that the brothers, played in the movie by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow, are meant to be a stand-in for the real-life industrialists and right-wing political funders Charles and David Koch -
- and mentioned in a recent interview that he found the pair “creepy.”
Other public figures might consider the movie, and Galifianakis’ uneasiness about their influence to be a tribute to their effectiveness.
But the Kochs don’t seem to be taking it that way. Phillip Ellender, Koch Industries’ president for government affairs, issued a statement on the brothers’ behalf, saying:
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..”
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