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The much-pilloried Koch brothers want you to know that, contrary to Harry Reid's assertion, the government shutdown is not their fault.

"Jacob Fischler obtains a letter from Koch PR to senators, informing them that the famous billionaires did not actually want a government shutdown. 'There was false information presented about Koch on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Reid, who claimed yesterday that Koch was behind the shutdown of the federal government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act,' writes Philip Ellender in the letter. 'Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare.'" -- David Weigel, Slate.com

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