Archive for the ‘Advocacy & Politics’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014


Charity tied to council speaker quadruples pork haul; A charity founded and represented by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s campaign consultant got a major funding increase this year.” By Chris Bragg. Crain’s New York Business. June 30, 2014.

Rove-backed Crossroads groups reserve $15 million more for fall spending barrage, bringing total to $20 million.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. July 1, 2014.

Politics and Policy: The Bill and Hillary Clinton Money Machine Taps Corporate Cash; Couple Has Raised More Than $1 Billion in Two Decades; Republicans Worry of Early Lead in 2016.” By Brody Mullins, Peter Nicholas and Rebecca Ballhaus. Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.
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Politics and Policy: How The Wall Street Journal Calculated the Clintons’ Fundraising.” Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti sets up a nonprofit to aid city initiatives; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti started a nonprofit group to push some city programs.” Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2014.

SF enviro Tom Steyer is still nation’s largest super PAC donor.” By Joe Garofoli. San Francisco Chronicle. July 3, 2014.
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Donor Are Shadowed by Past in Coal.” New York Times. July 5, 2014.

The Super PAC To End All Super PACs Reaches Major Fundraising Goal.” By Igor Bobic. Huffington Post. Juky 6, 2014.

Book Review: V.I.P. Room: ‘Big Money,’ by Kenneth P. Vogel.” New York Times. July 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Inside the vast liberal conspiracy.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. June 23, 2014.

The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire.” By Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti. June 24, 2014.

Special Report: Karl Rove and the Modern Money Machine.” By Kenneth P.Vogel. June 26, 2014.

The Spirit and the Law: How the Becket Fund became the leading advocate for corporations’ religious rights.” By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. American Prospect. June 26, 2014.

Republican groups racking up millions in fight against one another.” By Joan McCarter. Daily Kos. June 27, 2014.

Super PAC aims to end all other super PACs; Harvard Low professor seeks $12 million to back reform candidates.” By Akilah Johnson. Boston Globe. June 29, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.

House Majority PAC reserves another $6.2 million in airtime for Democrats.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.

Greenpeace Says It Lost $5 Million on Currency Market.” New York Times/Associated Press. June 17, 2014.

Kochs launch new superPAC for midterm fight.” By Kenneth P.Vogel and Darren Goode. June 17, 2014.

Meet the Billionaire Brothers You Never Heard of Who Fund the Religious Right: The Wilks brothers, whose fortune comes from fracking, give tens of millions to right-wing groups and anti-choice “pregnancy centers,” anti-LGBT groups, and organizations affiliated with ALEC.” By Peter Montgomery. American Prospect/Right Wing Watch. June 17, 2014.

Billionaires Behind the Attack on Public Education in California Tenure Suit.” By Sabrina Joy Stevens. American Prospect. June 17, 2014.

How to Organize After Occupy Wall Street; Former occupiers are building a movement with lessons learned from OWS.” By Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Max Berger. Nation. June 18, 2014.

Politicians speak out on politics post-Citizens United.” Daily Kos. June 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Tom Streyer’s slow, and ongoing, conversion from fossil-fuels investor to climate activist.” By Carol D. Leonnig and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post. June 9, 2014.

The Fix Isn’t In: Eric Cantor and the Death of a Movement.” Op-ed. By Paul Krugman. New York Times. June 13, 2014.

Once A GOP Pillar, Chamber Of Commerce Is Now A Lightning Rod.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. June 12, 2014.

The Koch Cycle of Endless Cash.” Editorial. New York Times. June 14, 2014.
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Koch Brothers Plan $300 Million Spending Spree In 2014.” By Igor Bobic. Huffington Post. June 15, 2014.

Billionaire’s Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. June 14, 2014.

At elite donor summit featuring 2016 GOP hopefuls, a longing for Romney to run again.” By Philip Rucker. Washington Post. June 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 2-8, 2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014


Heritage Foundation starts an online site to cover unreported and under-reported news.” By Paul Farhi, Washington Post. June 3, 2014.

Charles and David Koch: The men who tried to buy America: Charles and David Koch are among America’s richest men – and have put their money to nefarious use, many believe. From funding the Tea Party to lobbying against measures to curb climate change, they are the scourge of progressive, liberal opinion. So how did they happen? Daniel Schulman reveals the roots of America’s right-wing pin-ups.” By Daniel Schulman. Independent (UK). June 3, 2014.
Review: ‘Big Money,’ on the role of the ultra-rich in American politics, by Kenneth Vogel.” Washington Post. June 4, 2014.
Book Review: ‘Sons of Wichita’ by Daniel Schulman & ‘Big Money’ by Kenneth P. Vogel: Mega-donors like the Koch Brothers are not buying elections, they are democratizing them.” Wall Street Journal. June 7, 2014.

Want To Do Something About Climate Change? Stop Cove Point: In Today’s America, A Rising Tide Lifts All Yachts; A super-wealthy few have successfully defeated all of their rivals—unions, the media, honest politicians, environmentalists—and now are free to do as they wish.” By Peter Van Buren. Nation. June 3, 2014.

Scholars’ Bid to Criticize Israel’s Actions Is Rejected.New York Times. June 5, 2014.

Outside Money Floods Alaska in Senate Race.” By Jeremy W. Peters. New York Times. June 7, 2014.

Rove’s top campaign funding groups keep low profile in 2014 election; Republican strategist Karl Rove became known for pioneering a new type of campaign spending, but his two funding groups have stepped out of the GOP spotlight in this year’s election campaigns.” By Lisa Mascaro. Los Angeles Times. June 8, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


“Harvard professor’s ‘super PAC’ aims to end power of ‘super PACs’
.” By Maeve Reston. Los Angeles Times. May 27, 2014.

Harry Reid’s attacks on Koch brothers send GOP donors into the shadows.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. May 30, 2014.

For Jewish groups, a stand-off between open debate and support of Israel.” By Marc Fisher. Washington Post. May 31, 2014.

PACs leave big imprint on San Jose mayor’s race.” By Mike Rosenberg. San Jose Mercury-News. May 31, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014


GOP-aligned Crossroads spending more than $9 million in Senate ad barrage.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. May 20, 2014.

Is the Tea Party finally over? ‘Fire-breathing’ Georgia voters turn their backs on candidates that called evolution a ‘lie from the pit of hell’.” Independent (UK). May 20, 2014.

The state of Kansas is ‘Koch Country’; Chris Hayes looks at how the Koch Brothers are fighting against renewable energy in their home state of Kansas – and losing.” MSNBC. May 20, 2014.

Unions back PAC with anti-Baker website.” By Joshua Miller. Boston Globe. May 20, 2014

Shedding light on dark money.” By Ruth Marcus. Opinion. Washington Post. May 21, 2014.

17 things you didn’t know about the Koch brothers.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. May 21, 2014.

The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you.” By Philip Bump. Washington Post. May 21, 2014.

Koch Brothers’ Group Tries To Derail Detroit Bankruptcy Deal.” By Sarah Cwiek. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. May 21, 2014.

The truth of big money’s influence on politics.” MSNBC. May 21, 2014.

The Brothers Koch: Family Drama and Disdain for Democracy; Lawsuits are the billionaire brothers’ weapon of choice—against each other—writes Daniel Schulman in his first-rate new bio. But buying our democracy, and maybe killing it, is pure self-interest.” By Tom Carson. American Prospect. May 21, 2014.
Related story:
The Koch brothers can save the Republican Party — by making it more moderate.” Washington Post. May 25, 2014.

Billionaire plans to target Republicans in seven states: Environmental activist Tom Steyer could spend more than $50 million to hit Republicans.” By Fredreka Shouten. USA Today. May 22, 2014.
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Tom Steyer announces $100 million attack on GOP climate ‘deniers’.” By Mark Murray. MSNBC. May 22, 2014.

LIVE: How to Reclaim Our Democracy From the Corporations.” By John Nichols.
Nation. May 22, 2014.

Linda McMahon ready to rumble as mega-donor.” By Tarini Parti and Alexqnder Burns. May 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Climate Group Backed By Billionaire Progressive Donor Goes To Koch Brothers’ Turf.” By Samantha Lachman. Huffington Post. May 17, 2014.

Harry Reid declares war on the Kochs: Senate majority leader throws his weight behind a Constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending and vows to stay on the Koch brothers’ case.” MSNBC. May 17, 2014.

“Democrats take on the Koch brothers.” By Dana Bash. CNN. May 17, 2014.

Billionaire Democrat Sets Eye on Senate Races.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. May 18, 2014.

Koch Brothers’ Secrets Revealed In New Book.” By Christina Wilkie. Huffington Post. May 18, 2014.

Quixotic ’80 Campaign Gave Birth to Kochs’ Powerful Network.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. May 18, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 5-11, 2014)

Monday, May 12th, 2014


Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. May 5, 2014.

Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections.” By
Andrew M. Cuomo. Huffington Post. May 7, 2014.

Squawks from hawks: money, politics and Middle East diplomacy; Neoconservative Super PAC Bets Big on North Carolina GOP Primary Challenge.” By Eli Clifton. Nation. May 6, 2014.

Stalking the big donors: Both parties are investing in turning their opponent’s sugar daddies into bogeymen.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. May 7, 2014.

Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree; The goal of the network is a long-term expansion of the playing field for conservatives.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. May 9, 2014.

The Texas Tribune; A Big Spender Aims to Push State Politics Further Right.” By Aman Batheja. New York Times. May 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


The Senate was in session for 7 minutes before Harry Reid started attacking the Kochs.” By Jackie Kucinich. Washington Post. April 29, 2014.

Jewish Groups Consider Including J Street.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. April 30, 2014.

Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big in North Carolina; Liberal spending via dark money groups and super PACs was relatively modest in 2012. But their spending has taken off this year in at least one state.” By Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker. ProPublica, April 30, 2014.

Big donor secrecy: ‘Irony, but it’s not hypocrisy’.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. April 30, 2014.

Harry Reid has a Kock Problem.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. May 1, 2014.

Compassion means going beyond the free market.” By Jennifer Rubin. Washington Post. May 1, 2014.

Look Who the Folks Who Took Down ACORN Are Targeting Now; Right-wing operatives with links to big retailers going after worker centers like the Restaurant Opportunities Center.” By Lee Fang. Nation. May 2, 2014.