Archive for the ‘Advocacy & Politics’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Hollywood Conservatives Are Granted Tax-Exempt Status.” By Michael Cieply. New York Times. March 17, 2014.

Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE; Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.” By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer. March 18, 2014.
Related stories:
Koch brothers group to launch attack on Udall in Colorado.” Washington Post. March 17, 2014.
Koch Brothers’ Cash Reigns Supreme In The Battles Of 2014.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. March 20\, 20\14.
Koch Group, Spending Freely, Hones Attack on Government.” New York Times. March 21, 2014.

The rich strike back; The effectiveness of the populist approach is coming into question.” By Ben White and Maggie Haberman. March 18, 2014.

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From.” By Kathleen Miles. Huffington Post. March 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

Monday, March 17th, 2014


Big business takes on tea party, gently.” By Anna March 10, 2014.

The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs.” Editorial. New York Times. March 11, 2014.
Related stories:
Dems’ 2014 foil: Koch brothers.” March 14, 2014.
Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But…” Huffington Post. March 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 3-9, 2014)

Monday, March 10th, 2014


For Jim DeMint, Changing America Means Starting Small.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. March 4, 2014.

News of America’s misadventures in foreign policy and defense: Troubled AIPAC Meets, but Its Influence Wanes.” By Bob Dreyfuss. Nation. March 5, 2014.

New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers.” By Ashley Parker. New York Times. March 6, 2014.
Related stories:
Harry Reid To Charles And David Koch: Come At Me, Bros.” Huffington Post. March 7, 2014.

“Running Against The Koch Brothers.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. March 6, 2014.
What the Dem attacks on the Koch brothers are really about.” Washington Post. March 8, 2014.
Investigating the intersection of politics, lobbying and public policy at The Koch Brothers Spent Twice as Much on the 2012 Election as the Top Ten Unions Combined.” Nation. March 8, 2014

Potomac Watch: The Really Big Money? Not the Kochs; Harry Reid surely must have meant the unions when he complained about buying elections.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. Wall Street Journal. March 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 24-March 2, 2014)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Influence Industry: Soros group triples its lobbying spending.” By Holly Yeager. Washington Post. February 24, 2014.

In the DeMint Era at Heritage, a Shift From Policy to Politics.” By Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman. New York Times. February 24,2014.

N.Y.U. Hospital’s Political Fund-Raising Questioned.” By Anemona Hartocollis. New York Times. February 24, 2014.

Exclusive: One of Washington’s wealthiest is giving $20 million to a top conservative think tank.” By Zachary Goldfarb. Washington Post. February 25, 2014.

In New Home, Policy Group Gets Big Gift.” By Jennifer Steinhauer. New York Times. February 25, 2014.

After government shutdown, dozens of lawmakers gave to charity.” By Ed O’Keefe. Washington Post. February 28, 2014.

Big-Money Donors Demand Larger Say in Party Strategy.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. March 2, 2014.

Rich donors press Democrats on climate change; Take up fight against global warming.” By Juliet Eilperin. Washington Post. March 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 17-23, 2014)

Monday, February 24th, 2014


Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. February 18, 2014.

A Billionaire Philanthropist in Washington Who’s Big on ‘Patriotic Giving’.” By Jennifer Steimhauer. New York Times. February 21, 2014.

About that Americans for Prosperity registration.” By Byron Tau. February 21, 2014.


Monday, February 17th, 2014


Heritage Action gets it — loud and clear.” By Burgess Everett. February 10, 2014.
Related article:
Opinion: The Heritage Foundation’s policy summit had few new ideas.” Washington Post. February 11, 2014.

Fighting big donors with big dollars; The public backlash over big donors in politics has been for the most part muted.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. February 11, 2014.

GOP adds for-profit muscle to the fray; Ex-Romney aide builds operation.” By Noah Bierman. Boston Globe. February 14, 2014.

Buying Your Vote: Dark Money and Big Data; A Reading Guide on the Billionaire Koch Brothers.” By Naveena Sadasivam. ProPublica, February 14, 2014.

Buying Your Vote: Dark Money and Big Data: The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions.” By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer. February 14, 2014.

The Line at the ‘Super PAC’ Trough.” Editorial. New York Times. February 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 3-9, 2014)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


“With early attacks against Senate Democrats, AFP emerges as GOP’s most powerful ally.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. February 5, 2014.

“Assembly Withdraws Bill to Limit Anti-Israel Boycotts.” By Ariel Kaminer. New York Times. February 5, 2014.
Related story:
A Chill on Speech.” Editorial. New York Times. February 4, 2014.

“A rare look inside the Koch brothers political empire.” By Matea Gold. Washington Post. February 6, 2014.

Mayor’s Wife Will Run Nonprofit; Chirlane McCray Poised to Become Influential First Lady.” By Michael Howard Saul. Wall Street Journal. February 6, 2014.
Related story:
De Blasio Appoints Chirlane McCray, His Wife, to Lead Nonprofit Group.” By Kate Taylor. New York Times. February 7, 2014.

Democratic groups counter Kochs’ Senate push.” By Alexander Burns. February 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 27-February 2, 2014)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


Campaign organization pays state $300,000 of $11 million owed; The Small Business Action Committee, which was ordered to turn funds over to the state, says its PAC won’t pay any more and will close.” By Patrick McGreevy. Los Angeles Times. January 27, 2014.

Fund-Raising by G.O.P. Rebels Outpaces Party Establishment.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. February 2, 2014.

Charles and David Koch: The billionaire brothers ‘trying to buy America’; A recent study estimated that in the 2012 election cycle some 17 different Koch-backed groups spent a combined $400m (£240m) trying to influence the outcome of the presidential race and scores of other elections.” By David Usborne. Independent (UK). February 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 20-26, 2014)

Monday, January 27th, 2014


Koch World 2014.” January 24. 2014.
Related story:
The Koch Party.” Editorial. New York Times. January 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 13-19, 2014)

Monday, January 20th, 2014


Academic Boycott Diverts Attention From More Effective Pressure.” By Yarden Katz. Interpress Service ( January 13, 2014.
Related story:
Salovey condemns academic boycott of Israel.” Yale Daily News. January 15, 2014.

How to Build an Anti-Poverty Movement, From the Grassroots Up; Ten groups that are laying the foundation for an economic justice revival.” By Greg Kaufmann. Nation. January 17, 2014.