National deep pockets backing GOP and corporate interests have pumped more than $9 million into the Buckeye Institute and the Freedom Foundation, the two groups leading attacks on public employee unions in Ohio.
Cinedigm, which is owned by a Beijing-based private equity firm, received a $2.2 million Paycheck Protection Program loan in April.
Documents obtained by CMD show the extent of the corporate lobby group’s role in pressuring the states to force a rapid reopening of the economy despite strong public resistance and health concerns.
The Koch-funded policy group calls for broad cuts to Medicaid, education, and water quality protection on top of Governor DeWine’s hiring freeze and budget cuts.
Amazon, DonorBox, and Stripe are among the well-known companies that are helping white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups sell goods and raise money, increasing the likelihood that more hate crimes inspired by their ideas will occur.
Protesters eschew masks and social distancing to protest Governor Evers’s stay-at-home order and back a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce plan to reopen businesses at a capitol rally promoted by right-wing groups.
The billionaire-backed libertarian group FreedomWorks is promoting the protest on its new Reopen America webpage.
Koch Industries spent $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 on lobbying Congress to block climate progress, weaken environmental protections, and protect its bottom line.
FreedomWorks and Convention of States Action, both with Koch network ties, have new initiatives to promote state-based protests against COVID-19 social distancing measures.
A "labor reform" booklet of 50 "state factsheets" obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy reveals the ambitious agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council to further weaken public sector unions in the wake of the Supreme Court's controversial ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.