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Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

In 2009, a network of online media outlets began popping up in state capitals across the nation, each covering the news from a clearly conservative point of view. What wasn't so clear was how they were funded.... Read more»

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The new American politics: Voting with dollars

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. ... Read more»

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Money talks, media walks

Three related phenomena are today combining to strangle American democracy: Economic inequality, floodgates that have opened to the influence of outsized wealth — and the media’s failure to put these changes at the center of their election narrative. ... Read more»

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Occupy Wall Street — victory in 45 days

Six weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street declared war on government for corporations. Then they shocked all of us by winning.... Read more»3

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Life is good for the Kochs

Charles Koch justifies his puny tax rate with the argument that government spending often "does more harm than good," and adds, "my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington."... Read more»3

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Rupert, we hardly knew ye

The scandal facing the Murdoch empire that has dominated media news has certainly been riveting. But has it taught us anything we didn't already know?... Read more»


Right-wing group brings together pols & corps to write 'model bills'

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known conservative nonprofit that creates "model" state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years, including Arizona's SB 1070.... Read more»

Koch ads attack report on lobbying influence

Koch Industries has launched an online advertising campaign to rebut a Center for Public Integrity report about its lobbying activities that it refused to respond to when the story was published last week. ... Read more»1

Koch’s web of influence

Charles and David Koch, the owners of the country’s second-largest private corporation, have played an increasingly public role as financial angels for conservative causes. What’s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a look at lobbying disclosures reveals a lobbying steamroller for the company’s interests, at times in conflict with its public pose.... Read more»

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The Koch brothers are getting nervous

The Koch Industries boycott is taking hold. Americans have begun to wonder just how much influence these guys have purchased. Now the Kochs are fighting back.... Read more»

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The Tea Party’s Mad Hatters are back

The Tea Party’s B-team of Mad Hatters are back in the news. Will they once again try to bury substance under a giant pile of tea?... Read more»1

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Triangle fire at 100: Back to the future?

The centennial anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurs Friday. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement.... Read more»

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Conservative class war in Wisconsin

This battle appears to be reaching a kind of culmination as conservative class warriors launch what they hope will be a final assault on the hard-earned rights of working people and their families to fight for themselves and their families against the forces of combined wealth and influence amassed to crush them. The coming weeks may provide our answer.... Read more»1

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Liberty Central: Repo’d by the Koch brothers?

Earlier this week, Ginni Thomas was pushed aside for a new Liberty Central leader, an attorney named Sarah Field. Field's last job was at the Charles Koch Foundation. If my attempts to find or contact her are any indication, Fields appears to be a very good secret keeper.... Read more»

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A Citizens United conspiracy, complete with two Supremes

Smart v. Stupid: The New York Times is reporting that the billionaire Koch Brothers regularly convene secret conclaves of industrialists aiming to prevent government from regulating business.The attendees also include two Supreme Court justices and three news agencies who never report on the meetings.... Read more»

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