Anti-union forces are on the offensive again in the states, but are playing defense this year at the federal level.
American Juris Link, a new right-wing legal center with close ties to the State Policy Network, is actively working to track and support right-wing legal challenges to upend COVID-19 health restrictions, fight workers’ rights to unionize, and coordinate legal strategies and amici.
The preferred funding conduits of the Koch political donor network gave out $165 million in grants in 2019, $90 million of which went to right-wing think tanks, advocacy groups, litigation centers, media outlets, extremists, and climate deniers.
IRS filings obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy show that the Charles Koch Foundation gave $141 million to universities and colleges, right-wing organizations, and other causes in 2019.
The billionaire family of Education Sec. Betsy DeVos funded a political group that helped organize anti-lockdown protests, and Trump and other GOP figures stirred the pot by claiming Gov. Whitmer is a tyrant.
Five right-wing funders provided 83 percent of the traceable cash between 2014-2019 for the group’s efforts to crush public employee unions, question climate science, undermine the Affordable Care Act, and privatize schools.
The Republican Party and numerous allied groups are taking an “all-of-the-above” approach to restrict voting as much as they possibly can in this year’s November elections.
Koch-funded groups are fighting against a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would make Illinois the 33rd state to have a graduated income tax.
Right-wing opponents to vote-by-mail and other reforms that would expand voter participation have been busy this summer trying to whip up opposition to the states’ attempts to accommodate voters during the pandemic and undermine public confidence in mail-in ballots.
A number of Koch-linked nonprofits that advocated against federal aid to states and cities facing crushing coronavirus budget deficits received up to $5.4 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans; additional anti-government spending groups took millions more.