We urge you to rescind the “Openness” award you gave to Gov. Walker earlier this year.
ALEC Exposed, a website by the Center for Media and Democracy, a Madison-based liberal government watchdog, has published hundreds of model bills propagated by ALEC. Such bills are crafted by politicians and corporate representatives meeting behind closed doors.
But ALEC provided a platform for a Trump hatemonger to spread his racist and sexist propaganda this year. At a workshop of the Convention of States (COS), a project to call an Article V constitutional convention for the purposes of amending the federal Constitution to limit the power of the federal government, right-wing provocateur David Horowitz was a featured panelist. Horowitz, who runs his own think tank, has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of America’s most dangerous hatemongers.” According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Horowitz is bankrolled to the tune of $3.4 million by the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation. He recently gained fame as a key mentor to Trump adviser Stephen Miller, the “architect” of Trump’s family separation policy, according to the Atlantic.
As the great journalist, A.J. Liebling, warned nearly 40 years ago, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” To help battle the monopolists, go to The Center for Media and Democracy www.prwatch.org/cmd.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) sued Vukmir in 2013 for violating an open records request.
When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convenes its 45th annual meeting of legislators and corporate lobbyists at the swank Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel on August 8, it will serve up a veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals for lawmakers to take back home.
As organizations committed to open government and accountability, we are concerned by reports of incomplete requests for access to government records related to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We are concerned that the curtailed document requests will hinder the Senate’s ability to fully assess Judge Kavanaugh’s background and qualifications and makes an assumption of privilege without requiring the White House to assert a claim. We believe it is the role of the White House to assert privilege claims over documents, not the role of the Senate Judiciary Committee to save them the trouble. The Senate’s decision on whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee has vast and long-lasting ramifications for the nation, and it is vital that senators from all parties are able to request and access the documents they need to make that decision.
The liberal Center for Media and Democracy asked for records from Vukmir in 2013 regarding her work for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that works with corporations to draft bills that can be introduced in legislatures around the country.
Buying power is the money an investor has available to buy securities and equals the total cash held in the brokerage account plus all available margin. National Right to Work cited the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), which is a research institute funded by National Right to Work, according to the progressive Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit watchdog group.
The Center for Media and Democracy has studied the NRTWC [National Right To Work Committee] and its funding. CMD reported that in 2012, NRTWC and its affiliated National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation and National Institute for Labor Relations Research had combined budgets of more than $25 million, making them a “powerful instrument of the corporate and ideological interests that want to keep wages low and silence the voice of organized labor in the political arena.” Mix said today that after the Supreme Court decided to hear Janus, his group was given access to an internal document from a Democratic political group indicating that 25 to 30 percent of its income came from organized labor.