Crusade to remove 200,000 voters from the rolls by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty stands to benefit Trump, a right-wing state Supreme Court justice, and the big Republican donors and strategists that lead and bankroll the group – and have donated at least $12 million to Wisconsin GOP causes and candidates.
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The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Foundation wants the Supreme Court to take its case challenging California’s donor disclosure law, and 15 groups receiving more than $28 million from Koch-related funders just happen to be on board.
The preferred piggy bank for Koch network megadonors bankrolled key players in the Right’s growing state infrastructure, legal advocacy, and media operations, in addition to funding climate denial, union busting, and gerrymandering.
Charles Koch, the CEO of Koch Industries with an estimated net worth of $43.1 billion, distributed over $127.5 million in 2018 through his personal foundation to support right-wing infrastructure and the so-called "talent pipeline" needed to staff it, IRS filings obtained and examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show.
The State Policy Network (SPN) and its main members have collectively brought in annual revenues of over $120 million in the most recent tax year reported, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a 45 percent increase since the last time CMD reported on SPN's overall financials in 2013.
The State Policy Network (SPN) is holding its annual meeting at the five-star Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs this week. While SPN - a right-wing web of "think tanks," advocacy groups, and other registered nonprofits in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and the United Kingdom - publishes a list of its member organizations on its website, it holds its meeting in secrecy under tight security and does not disclose attendees.
On September 19, the Massachusetts legislature overrode Republican Governor Charlie Baker's veto of a bill that would help public employee unions maintain dues-paying members.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation pumped more than $5.6 million dollars into right-wing anti-labor groups efforts in 2018.
The Lincoln Network is behind online technology called "Edunity" that is being deployed to encourage teachers and other public sector union members to leave their unions.
The Center Square purports to be a service to states without a partisan agenda, but it is actually a new coat of paint on the Bradley-backed Watchdog.org that was central to the infrastructure promoting conservative ideas often unbeknownst to its audiences.