Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Spin @ Center for Media and Democracay

Is David Koch Getting a Tax Writeoff for Dropping $900K on the Walker Race?

Image of David KochThe "charitable" wing of David Koch's Americans for Prosperity has dropped nearly $900,000 on ads to boost Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's reelection campaign, just days after polls showed Walker tied with his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke.

Judge Who Halted Walker Probe Attended Koch-Backed Judicial Junkets

Image of federal Judge Rudolph RandaThe federal judge who ordered a halt to Wisconsin's "John Doe" criminal investigation into spending during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections has regularly attended all-expenses paid "judicial junkets" funded by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and other ideological and corporate interests.

First Amendment for Whom? Press Fights for Access to Scott Walker John Doe Docs

Image of Wisconsin Governor Scott WalkerThe public may be on the cusp of learning more about the two "John Doe" investigations into Scott Walker, his associates, and groups that spent millions to get him elected.

Support Our Investigations and Double Your Money!

Image of Lisa GravesFor the next two weeks, every dollar you give to support CMD's research and reporting will be matched by a generous supporter. With your help, we've made great strides in exposing the climate deniers at the Heartland Institute and groups like ALEC, which has received millions from the Koch family fortune and other global oil and coal companies.

Oregon's GMO Sellout

Image of cornWhen the headline said that Oregon’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, had signed into law a corporate-backed bill overriding local counties’ ability to regulate their own food systems, Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics, was shocked.

Derek Cressman Crusades Against the Koch Brothers in California

Image of Derek CressmanCalifornia Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman has made a career of fighting the billionaires who are trying to hijack democracy. His biggest victory so far was a 2012 case that resulted in the largest fine for a campaign-finance violation in California history.

Are Organic Standards in Jeopardy? Watchdogs Say Yes

Image of USDA Organic sealWhen organic activist Alexis Baden Mayer of the Organic Consumers Association was arrested after leading a "spirited protest" against watering down organic standards last month, she wasn't at a rally on the street or in a park. She was at a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, a 15-member advisory board with statutory authority to review what substances are allowed and prohibited in organic agriculture -- usually a relatively staid affair.

Koch Cadre Billionaire Defends Nazi Comments

Image of Kenneth LangoneKen Langone, the big-spending Home Depot billionaire and ally of Charles and David Koch, clumsily defended his March 2014 comments comparing populist criticism of the 1% with the rise of Nazi Germany, in an interview with Capital New York published this week.

After Railing Against John Doe Secrecy, WI Club for Growth Fights to Keep Docs Secret

Image of Truth stamped over with Top SecretAfter months of railing against the secrecy necessitated by Wisconsin's dark money criminal investigation, Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCFG) is now fighting to keep hundreds of documents in the probe secret.

Scott Walker, Opponent Mary Burke Tied in Latest Poll

Image of WI Governor Scott Walker and Mary BurkeBad news for Scott Walker: the latest Marquette University Law School poll shows the divisive Wisconsin governor in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, 46 to 46. That result marks a "significant tightening of the race," according to poll director Charles Franklin.

NY Times Firing of Abramson Hurts Women

Image of Jill Abramson“Stunned” is how one New York Times reporter I know described the reaction in the newsroom yesterday to the sudden announcement that Times executive editor Jill Abramson was fired. She had been in the job less than three years, was the first woman editor of the august paper of record.

California Steaming

Image of map of heat changes in CaliforniaCalifornia is a trendsetter. Food, fashion, music, film… a lot of what makes up contemporary American culture today got its start in the Golden State. Usually, that’s a good thing. But not always.

Brown v. Board at Sixty

Image of Segregation Ended headlineOn May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine, fundamentally changing the life of our nation. The Brown v. Board of Education decision “ignited the spark of courage among the nation’s forces fighting for equality of opportunity for all,” The Progressive editorialized at the time.

America Ferrera Interviews Lisa Graves on Showtime

Image of America FerreraShowtime recently premiered an episode of its new series, "Years of Living Dangerously," that focused on the facile claims of climate change deniers like the Heartland Institute's Joseph Bast. In this episode of the Showtime series, subtitled “Against the Wind,” actress America Ferrera interviewed CMD/The Progressive Inc.'s president, Lisa Graves.

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