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Billionaire Conservative Financiers Shift Character Attacks from President Obama to Zach Galifianakis

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by Julie Miller, Vanity Fair

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In the upcoming political comedy The Campaign, Zach Galifianakis plays a clueless congressional candidate seemingly plucked from obscurity and funded by a pair of evil C.E.O. brothers named Glen and Wade Motch. Played by John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd, the characters are, according to Galifianakis, a "pretty obvious" representation of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers and Republicans who co-own Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the U.S. per 2011 tallies. And the same Koch brothers whose affiliated organizations reportedly plan to direct $400 million toward conservative causes in the 2012 elections, including $25 million, from their Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity, on a new advertising attack against President Obama.

Galifianakis expanded on his own feelings about the politically active businessmen to the New York Daily News: "I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It's not freedom what they are doing."

Surprisingly, Camp Koch has responded to Galifianakis's $0 attack on the brothers' characters in an awesomely catty statement suggesting that someone in Camp Koch has viewed The Hangover Part II. Koch spokesperson Philip Ellender told CNN: "Last we checked, [The Campaign] 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." Destroying any momentary hipness established by an unexpected Hangoverreference on behalf of the septuagenarians, the statement continued: "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."

The Campaign, which stars Will Ferrell as Galifianakis's onscreen campaign competitor and models two of its characters on billionaire brothers who may have seen The Hangover Part II, opens in theaters on August 10.

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