The Center for Media and Democracy filed suit today against Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Department of Justice for refusing to disclose public records related to his high-profile legal war against the Affordable Care Act.
A liberal group sued the state Department of Justice under Wisconsin’s open records law this week for its refusal to release nearly 2,000 emails related to Attorney General Brad Schimel’s attempt to find Obamacare unconstitutional.
The Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy in August sought emails and other records produced in 2018 belonging to Schimel and his aides regarding Obamacare, which is formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
Both the Buckeye Institute and the Mackinac Center are affiliates of the State Policy Network (SPN), a conservative nonprofit that has circulated model legislation and talking points on proposals including ending exclusive representation. These are aimed at helping lawmakers “free themselves and union members in their state from the undue influence of government unions,” according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.
It’s one thing to hear rumors that major chemical companies knew their products were harming people for decades. It’s another to see physical proof, in the form of internal meeting minutes, questionable studies, and other documents from the 1930s to 1970s that all show companies strategically continued to sell chemicals despite clear evidence they could hurt animals, people and the environment.
A third independent expenditure committee supporting Stapleton [Walker Stapleton, Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer in Colorado], the Colorado Campaign for Jobs and Opportunity, took in a $450,000 contribution from the Workforce Fairness Institute, which, according to SourceWatch, is an anti-union organization backed by Neil Golub of New York, who owns a northeastern supermarket chain. The campaign committee, which is based in Massachusetts, has now raised $810,000, all of it from the institute.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) was formerly known as the Judicial Confirmation Network. The Center for Media and Democracy describes JCN as “an advocacy organization that advances a right-wing legal agenda and uses undisclosed dark money ‘issue ads’ to influence state and federal judicial appointments and elections.”
As public health advocates across the country push for small tax boosts to sodas and other sugary drinks to battle obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, the soda industry and its allies are playing hardball.
To put an end to successful soda tax campaigns in California, industry lobbyists threatened to put a measure on the California ballot banning all local taxes — not just soda taxes — a form of high-stakes hostage taking that forced legislators in Sacramento to ban local soda taxes until 2030 in exchange for taking the measure off the ballot.
At the request of NL’s [NL Industries, formerly National Lead] lobbyist, Republicans inserted a handful of words into the 2013-15 state budget that sought to halt such lead-paint lawsuits, including the one filed by Yasmine, according to a memo obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy, a left-leaning watchdog organization that exposes corruption in government.
Three state advocacy groups — Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Center for Media and Democracy and One Wisconsin Now — recently urged the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council to rescind the award it gave Walker [Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin] in March for issuing executive orders directing state agencies to improve their performance on open records requests. They noted other occasions in which Walker has failed to release information, and dinged him for signing a 2015 bill ending the requirement that donors of more than $100 to political campaigns identify their employer.
The Institute [Maryland Public Policy Institute] wouldn’t tell us who their donors are, but according to tax records obtained by Conservative Transparency, their leading donors through 2014, which covers the period Hogan [Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland] served on their board, is Donors Capital Fund, which has been called the dark money ATM of the conservative movement. Another major funder is State Policy Network, who, according to a report by the Center for Media and Democracy, is funded by the Koch donor network. On top of that, an adjunct staffer at the Institute, Wendell Cox, is the former legislative director of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Another arm of the Koch network, which pushes corporate-friendly and anti-worker model legislation in statehouses across the country.