AFP [Americans for Prosperity] is a Koch-funded organization whose agenda is in line with other groups — such as Concerned Veterans for America, which is also funded by the Koch brothers — that work against progressive initiatives and protections for labor unions, healthcare reform and any effort to combat climate change, says David Armiak, a researcher for the Center for Media and Democracy, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit watchdog group.
New documents uncovered by the Center for Media and Democracy show that the billionaire Koch brothers have developed detailed personality profiles on 89 percent of the U.S. population; and are using those profiles to launch an unprecedented private propaganda offensive to advance Republican candidates in the 2018 midterms.
The Washington Policy Center, where the opposition speaker Todd Meyers works, has been described by SourceWatch as “a think tank affiliated with organizations in the Koch Network.”
“Schimel’s case against the Affordable Care Act is of significant public interest. Why he would deny the public information about this controversial suit, which may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, is unknown. But the citizens of the state deserve answers,” said CMD executive director Arn Pearson.
The Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy has issued data showing that since 2000, 491 of 1,091 Florida charter schools have closed their doors. That’s 38 percent, which is 7 points higher than the national average.
In his 2015-’17 budget, Walker eliminated the Wisconsin Idea — a commitment to public service to better society — as part of a bigger assault on the UW System. Caught, he tweeted on Feb. 4, 2015, that it was a “drafting error.” He stood by that lie while both PolitiFact and The New York Times challenged him on it. Then, he was forced in court by the Center for Media and Democracy and The Progressive to reveal documents with the truth: There was no drafting error. The elimination of the UW mission came from Walker.
For the context, we’ll go back to 2013 when the liberal group Center for Media and Democracy requested records from a number of Republican lawmakers of their communications with the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. The group helps draft and support largely conservative legislation.
ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, says it is nonpartisan, but is known as a powerful and secretive collaboration between big business and conservative politicians. Approximately 22 legislators in the North Dakota House of Representatives have ALEC ties, including representatives Al Carlson, Jim Kasper, Ben Koppelman, and Randy Boehning. Seven state senators are also listed as having ties to ALEC, including West Fargo’s Judy Lee by the Center for Media and Democracy.
It was an uncomfortable moment. Taylor [State Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison)] went on to call out Horowitz and ALEC in a column for the Center for Media and Democracy.
Taylor hired attorney Lester Pines to defend her against the threat. In an Aug. 31 letter, Pines wrote: “Were your client to bring a suit for defamation against Rep. Taylor or [the Center for Media and Democracy], it would be dismissed as frivolous and they would seek attorneys’ fees and expenses, and other sanctions.”
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) writes model bills siding with its insurance company members, and Vukmir sits on ALEC’s board of directors as chairman emeritus of the rightwing, corporation-funded group. The Center for Media and Democracy shed light on her actions after winning a 2013 open records lawsuit against Vukmir. The documents showed ALEC wrote model legislation given to Vukmir on “how to thwart Medicaid expansion” in states, including a script to “parrot.”