The law firm was founded in 1991 by Clint Bolick and Chip Mellor. In the firm’s early days, Bolick was known for his work opposing affirmative action legislation, and acted as one of the top strategists endeavoring to hold up the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights bill.
And, according to the New York Times, he is one of the prime architects behind school voucher plans in Milwaukee and Cleveland, which have come under intense scrutiny for no better or worse academic outcomes for its students as compared with public schools and numerous incidents of fraud and abuse of the programs.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:52am
Politico has the scoop. The ad campaign includes television, radio, digital ads and "grassroots actions". (Funny - how can something be a "grassroots action" when it's funded by a couple of billionaires?
“We want to make sure Obamacare and all the pain it’s causing is the number one issue on everyone’s mind,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “Kay Hagan is being held accountable for a law that is causing cancelled insurance plans, lost access to doctors and rising costs.”
Backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, this is just the latest onslaught of ads the group has launched in North Carolina. In 2013, AFP spent millions targeting Hagan and has already engaged in a major television ad buy in January.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:15pm
Politico gives a tip that the Koch brothers are holding a major fundraiser with the country's richest Republican donors in Palm Springs this weekend.
Will Art Pope show up?
Many of the right’s most generous benefactors – folks like Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard, Wall Street investor Ken Langone and Wyoming mutual fund guru Foster Friess – are regulars. The gatherings, which attendees call “seminars” and are typically held at tony resorts, routinely attract some of the top operatives and biggest names in Republican politics, as well as rising stars tapped by the Kochs’ operatives.
The last seminar, held in August outside Albuquerque, N.M., drew Rep. Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Iowa state legislator Joni Ernst, who is running in a crowded GOP Senate primary.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:18am
Mother Jones is reporting that the Koch brothers aren't just satisified with throwing money at candidates or supporting and coordinating with campaigns with ads run by groups like Americans for Prosperity.
Now, after sinking millions of dollars into loosing Tea Bagger candidates in the last election cycle, the Koch's have set up a consulting firm to operate a kind of "school" to groom Tea Bagger candidates for campaigning. They're hoping to prevent the next Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin from sticking their foot in their mouth up to their elbow.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:11am
Alternet has a piece this morning that looks at the Koch brothers battle plans for 2014. North Carolina is on a list of 13 states where they'll be focusing during the next election cycle - at least that's what can be determined from the offices the Koch's are opening up and the hiring they're doing.
The Koch's are also going to be focusing more on social media and the Internet and less on traditional broadcast media, following a larger trend in campaigning.
There's some new PACs to look out for that will be spreading the Koch's toxic ooze over the state:
*The 60 Plus Association. Founded in 1992, it tries to be the right-wing version of the American Association of Retired persons, or AARP. The Post found that it spent $4.6 million on ads against Obama, Obamacare and House Democrats in 2012.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 9:38pm
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) on the State Policy Network is out with a report this week that deserves the attention of anyone interested in progressive and ethical government.
The idea is simple - Art Pope, the Koch Brothers, the Walmart Walton family and others are illegally using "think tanks", like Pope's Civitas and Pope Foundation, as direct lobbying organizations. Officially classified as non-profit educational groups, it's illegal for these groups to engage in lobbying activities.
Think about it for a minute. How many times have "reports" and "studies" by these groups been taken up as gospel by legislators in NC to justify particular laws? How many legislators have been involved in meetings, retreats or presentations for and by these groups?
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 5:09pm
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the group that coordinates authoring of extremist right-wing state laws around the country and works with the stink tanks and lobbying organizations funded by the Koch Bros and Art Pope, is floating laws that would do away with the 17th Amendment.
In early December, a group of ALEC members are scheduled to consider supporting a range of potential new model legislation, including the "Equal State's Enfranchisement Act," according to a memo posted on the group's website.
The bill would significantly increase the role of the state legislature in the election of U.S. senators, inching back toward the process used prior to the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913. The 17th Amendment established the direct election of U.S. senators. Before this amendment, senators were chosen by state legislators.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 5:35pm
Mother Jones is reporting on the complex network of non-profits the Koch bros used to funnel $15 million illegally into California elections. The monies were aimed at two ballot measures - one raising taxes on the wealthiest Californians and the other crippling unions in the state.
As part of the deal, two Arizona-based nonprofits, the Koch-linked Center to Protect Patients Rights and Americans for Responsible Leadership, admitted violating state election law. The settlement mandates that the two nonprofits pay a $1 million fine to California's general fund, and the committees who received the secret donations at the heart of the case must also cut a check to the state for the amount of those donations, which totaled $15.08 million.
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