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.
The Wisconsin State Assembly will convene for the first time this fall today to consider a bill backed by the oil industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that would impose harsh criminal penalties on protesters who trespass on or damage any property owned by energy and water companies.
By Don Wiener and Arn Pearson
What a difference a few months makes in politics.
In May, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reported on the enormous influence over the Alaska budget process exerted by the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP).
Many of the task force legislative members will be attending ALEC's Life Sciences Academy this week with undisclosed drug industry representatives.
The makers of an opioid tied to 400,000 deaths had special access to the attorneys general that chose to take their "sweetheart deal" -- saving the owners of the company from admitting wrongdoing -- thanks to a pay-for-play group called the Republican Attorneys General Association.
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 Wisconsin bill echoes similar "critical infrastructure protection" model bills pushed out by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Council of State Governments over the last two years.
Right-wing group holds its first "Leadership Summit" in Colonial Williamsburg as part of drive to radically curtail the federal government's ability to safeguard civil rights, protect the environment, and regulate big business.
Koch Industries' paper subsidiary cuts more than 2,100 jobs in the past two years, with taxpayers left holding the bill.
White nationalist statements and ties draw fire from many within GOP, but not ALEC.