Over the past two years, Koch Industries and its astroturf political arm, Americans for Prosperity, have spent millions lobbying Congress to kill President Biden’s agenda, with the Inflation Reduction Act and its stalled predecessor, Build Back Better, among its top targets.
Weighing a Rematch Against Manchin, West Virginia AG Derides ESG Wokeness
West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), a leading critic of investing that incorporates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, is considering a U.S. Senate rematch against incumbent Senator Joe Manchin (D) in 2024.
Koch-Funded Litigation Group Fights to Protect Covid Misinformation
The New Civil Liberties Alliance’s latest lawsuit offers up a new take on ‘do no harm.’
Charles Koch’s Campaign to Make Dark Money Even Darker
IRS filings from Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Foundation confirm that the group paid $10 million to the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, which litigated Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta from 2015 through 2021.
ALEC Doubles Down on Punishing ESG Firms
At last week’s States and Nation Policy Summit, the American Legislative Exchange Council doubled down on its latest strategy of protecting the fossil fuel industry by blacklisting “woke” companies that embrace climate protection goals.
ALEC Lawmakers and Corporate Lobbyists Meet in D.C. to Debate Rewriting the Constitution, Punishing Socially Responsible Businesses, and Protecting Misinformation
The American Legislative Exchange Council meets this week in Washington, D.C., for its annual States and Nation Policy Summit at the four-star Grand Hyatt Washington, where rewriting the U.S. Constitution, “woke” capitalism, and protecting hate speech and misinformation are at the top of the agenda.
Charles Koch Distributes $82 Million to 140 Colleges and Universities
Billionaire Charles Koch’s personal foundation disclosed $81.7 million in grants to 140 colleges and universities in its 2021 IRS filing.
“Dark Money ATM” Injected Right-Wing Groups with $123 Million in 2021
DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, the favorite donor conduits of the Koch political network, distributed $123 million in grants in 2021 to right-wing advocacy groups, litigation centers, media outlets, climate deniers, extremists, pro-gun groups, and other tax-exempt organizations that make up America’s right-wing infrastructure, the latest tax filings from both groups detail.
Republican State Financial Officers Bring ESG Fight to Washington
Republican treasurers, auditors, and staff from 23 states will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13 to meet with corporate lobbyists and an array of right-wing groups during the Fall National Meeting of the State Financial Officers Foundation. Over the course of three days, they will discuss “the rising threat from China,” inflation, “true diversity,” and anti-ESG investing efforts.
State Policy Network and Affiliates Raises $152 Million Annually to Push Right-Wing Policies
The $152 million represents a 27% increase over the $120 million CMD calculated the network brought in almost three years ago.