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Koch Brothers To Pour Millions Into Obamacare Misinformation Campaign

Koch Brothers To Pour Millions Into Obamacare Misinformation Campaign | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Americans for Prosperity — a conservative group funded by the Koch brothers — is spending millions on ads that aim to turn Americans against the Affordable Care Act, just as government officials prepare to enroll the uninsured in the law’s new...
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Koch Brothers Throw More Money Behind Long-Shot GOP Senate Challenger

Koch Brothers Throw More Money Behind Long-Shot GOP Senate Challenger | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The Koch brothers are making a big push for long-shot Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby, increasing their advertising spending on behalf of the Oregon candidate to $3.6 million.

Webhy's policy platform, meanwhile, is lining up s...
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Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic

Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public.
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"There's actually an interesting article about this in the Columbia Journalism Review which just appeared, current issue, the lead critical review of journalism. They attribute this to what they call the doctrine of fairness in the media. Doctrine of fairness says that if you have an opinion piece by 95, 97 percent of the scientists, you have to pair it with an opinion piece by the energy corporations, 'cause that'd be fair and balanced. There isn't any such doctrine. Like, if you have an opinion piece denouncing Putin as the new Hitler for annexing Crimea, you don't have to balance it with an opinion piece saying that 100 years ago the United States took over southeastern Cuba at the point of a gun and is still holding it, though it has absolutely no justification other than to try to undermine Cuban development, whereas in contrast, whatever you think of Putin, there's reasons. You don't have to have that. And you have to have fair and balanced when it affects the concerns of private power, period. But try to get an article in theColumbia Journalism Review pointing that out, although it's transparent."

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The Kochs' Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch's Ties to John Birch Society

http://www.democracynow.org - The Progressive magazine and Center for Media and Democracy have released new documents that show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member...
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Nixon vetoes copycat ALEC bill that legislature shouldn't have passed - Kansas City Star

Nixon vetoes copycat ALEC bill that legislature shouldn't have passed - Kansas City Star | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Nixon vetoes copycat ALEC bill that legislature shouldn't have passed Kansas City Star With unconcealed enjoyment, the Democratic governor noted in his veto message that “model legislation” from the American Legislative Exchange Council contains...
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ALEC Politicians Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All - PR Watch

ALEC Politicians Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All - PR Watch | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
ALEC Politicians Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All PR Watch Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that included a drafting error copied-and-pasted from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation, and...
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Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans

Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Volunteers with the conservative organization are distributing misleading flyers, attending committee hearings, and intimidating constituents.
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United States of ALEC | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

United States of ALEC | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
How the private sector and state politicians are teaming up to enact laws that increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. (Learn about #ALEC & #KOCH funded foot soldiers.
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Rival Accuses Ohio Governor Of Selling Out To Koch Brothers

Rival Accuses Ohio Governor Of Selling Out To Koch Brothers | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
"It doesn't make any sense ... unless you factor in money."
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Behind the scenes of a Koch conclave

Behind the scenes of a Koch conclave | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
I hope he haunts them.

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Marissa Alexander retrial pushed to December | Fight Back!

Marissa Alexander retrial pushed to December | Fight Back! | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The law was written by the reactionary corporate lobbying group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC ... Despite the date change of the court date, the network plans to push forward for the same week.
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Pistol-packing people of Walmart: Indiana man charged after gun goes off in checkout line

Pistol-packing people of Walmart: Indiana man charged after gun goes off in checkout line | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
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It's not the guns, eh? It's the idiots? How do we keep the guns out of the hands of idiots?  #NRA #GUNCONTROL #ALEC

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Ohio swims against the clean-energy tide

Ohio swims against the clean-energy tide | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
A political door slams shut. A window of opportunity opens. Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled General Assembly are freezing Ohio’s successful mandates for power generated from renewable and advanced energy sources, as well as state
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Get ready to veto this bad bill, governor

Get ready to veto this bad bill, governor | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Gov. John Kasich needs to take out the pen he saves for special occasions — as when his Republican allies in the General Assembly send him a bill so awful that he has to sign a veto. That rarely has happened during the governor’s term. But there’s a
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Koch Bros. Hypocrisy: So-called Libertarian Duo Demand Taxes When it Suits Them

Koch Bros. Hypocrisy: So-called Libertarian Duo Demand Taxes When it Suits Them | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Solar energy threatens their dirty fossil-fuel biz, so it must be taxed.
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Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic

Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public.
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CHOMSKY: Yeah. I mean, it's perfectly true that the population is mostly disenfranchised. In fact, that's a leading theme even of academic political science. You take a look at the mainstream political science, so, for example, a recent paper that was just published out of Princeton by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page, two of the leading analysts of these topics, what they point out is they went through a couple of thousand policy decisions and found what has long been known, that there was almost no--that the public attitudes had almost no effect. Public organizations that are--nonprofit organizations that are publicly based, no effect. The outcomes were determined by concentrated private power.

There's a long record of that going way back. Thomas Ferguson, a political scientist near here, has shown very convincingly that something as simple as campaign spending is a very good predictor of policy. That goes back into the late 19th century, right through the New Deal, you know, right up till the present. And that's only one element of it. And you take a look at the literature, about 70 percent of the population, what they believe has no effect on policy at all. You get a little more influence as you go up. When you get to the top, which is probably, like, a tenth of one percent, they basically write the legislation."

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'Citizen Koch' Explores How Big Money Threatens Democratic Process

The impact of money on American politics is the focus of the documentary Citizen Koch, which follows the 2012 reelection campaign of Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his under-the-rad...
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Maddow: Koch-friendly Texas GOP loosens chemical safety rules despite explosions

Maddow: Koch-friendly Texas GOP loosens chemical safety rules despite explosions | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
In the wake of the devastating explosion in West, Texas, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday, state Republicans did nothing — except make it harder for the public to know what potentially dangerous chemicals are being stored by industry forces.
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Bloomberg’s Bombshell Report on “The Koch Method”: How to Steal, Cheat and Lie Your Way to the Top

Bloomberg’s Bombshell Report on “The Koch Method”: How to Steal, Cheat and Lie Your Way to the Top | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Price fixing; bribery; safety failures; investigation cover-ups: These are just a normal part of business at Koch Industries, according to a detailed i (Bloomberg's Bombshell Report on "The #Koch Method": How to Steal, Cheat and Lie Your Way to the...
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Charles Koch Caught Blatantly Lying About His Company's Environmental Record

Charles Koch Caught Blatantly Lying About His Company's Environmental Record | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
TweetIt’s no secret now that Charles Koch wrote a whine-fest of an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal where he generally boasted about how great he is while expressing his frustration with how “unfairly” he’s been treated by liberals.
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Koch Brothers group targets Iowa politics - USA TODAY

Koch Brothers group targets Iowa politics - USA TODAY | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Koch Brothers group targets Iowa politics USA TODAY DES MOINES — The main political branch of the conservative Koch brothers' empire is mounting a full-scale mobilization to become a transformative political power in Iowa, the state where...
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John Boehner says he is going to sue Obama over executive actions

John Boehner says he is going to sue Obama over executive actions | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he is planning to file a lawsuit alleging that President Barack Obama has abused his executive authority by implementing policies without congressional approval.
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Thanks, Mr. Boehner ... Your constiuents #Ohio elected Obama.  #koch #ALEC  #Ohio #Kasich

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Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of Campaign Finance Criminal Conspiracy

Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of Campaign Finance Criminal Conspiracy | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was at the center of a criminal conspiracy to illegally coordinate the activities of independent conservative groups during recall elections in his state in 2011 and 2012, accordin...
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Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight

Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns.
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Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
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GOP dwarfs Dems in funds

GOP dwarfs Dems in funds | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Republican Gov. John Kasich built on his financial edge in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign by raising another $1.7 million in the latest reporting period, about twice as much as that raised by his Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald. Reports filed
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#KOCH in #Ohio governor's elections

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