Republicans Blast Koch-Funded Groups for Serving 'Absolutely No Purpose'
Watch the recent The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann as Brendan Fischer, Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed, joins the show. Hartmann and Fischer ask: "Are we finally witnessing the beginning of the great Republican revolt against the Koch brothers? And if so, how will that impact the fight to take money out of politics?"
The Koch brothers network has already announced they will spend nearly $1 billion to help get Republican candidates elected in 2016. Watch below as Hartmann and Fischer discuss this new backlash against the Koch brothers from fellow Republicans.
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