“I disagree with everything they do,” Galifianakis recently said of Charles and David Koch. “They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
But Koch spokesman Philip Ellender fired back by referring to a scene with Galifianakis in “The Hangover 2” and noting Galifianakis’s new movie, which parodies the Kochs, is meant to be funny.
"Last we checked, the movie is a comedy,” the Koch statement read. “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,” Ellender said in a statement, according to CNN.
Galifianakis co-stars with Will Ferrell in the new comedy “The Campaign,” a movie about two political candidates that exaggerates the political process. But he shared his own political views with the New York Daily News on Monday.
“We really wanted to highlight the ridiculousness that politics has descended into,” Galifianakis told the Daily News. “Whether you are on the right or the left, everyone can agree that there are a lot of outside influences in American politics that are not good for the system. There’s just too much money.”
Galifianakis’s criticism of outside spending groups echoes that of both President Obama and Mitt Romney, who have made a point of disagreeing with the freedom allowed so-called super-PACs to raise unlimited funds so long as they remain officially unaffiliated with the candidate they support.
Obama’s campaign has warned that the outside spending groups supporting Romney, for instance, will outspend him in the presidential election. He has specifically villainized the Koch brothers, private industrialists who support a variety of libertarian organizations and often fund politically conservative causes.
The Koch brothers are represented as the “Motch brothers” in the movie, played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.