The billionaire family of Education Sec. Betsy DeVos funded a political group that helped organize anti-lockdown protests, and Trump and other GOP figures stirred the pot by claiming Gov. Whitmer is a tyrant.
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse draws on CMD research to connect the dots between the dark money forces hand-picking Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and those spending millions to bankroll right-wing, pro-corporate amicus briefs in scores of important Supreme Court cases.
The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonprofit heavily funded by the Charles Koch Foundation, succeeded in getting the Trump administration to greenlight eviction proceedings despite its eviction moratorium.
Five right-wing funders provided 83 percent of the traceable cash between 2014-2019 for the group’s efforts to crush public employee unions, question climate science, undermine the Affordable Care Act, and privatize schools.
Koch-funded groups are fighting against a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would make Illinois the 33rd state to have a graduated income tax.
Right-wing opponents to vote-by-mail and other reforms that would expand voter participation have been busy this summer trying to whip up opposition to the states’ attempts to accommodate voters during the pandemic and undermine public confidence in mail-in ballots.
The Milwaukee-based foundation pumped more than $42 million in 2019 into a network of right-wing groups dedicated to attacking unions, blocking climate action, creating obstacles to voting, and promoting the GOP’s political power and policy agenda.
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.
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.
The well-funded machinery that sowed doubt about climate is now sowing seeds of doubt over the economic and public health response to COVID-19.