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Republican Propaganda Mills --
the
"foundations" ( funded by billionaires) & the Corporations
-- that created them

State Policy Network, SPN, is a web of right-wing “think tanks” and tax-exempt organizations in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and the United Kingdom. As of March 2019, SPN's membership totals 162. Today's SPN is the tip of the spear of far-right, nationally funded policy agenda in the states that supports extremists in the Republican Party.
Has a technology platform to
get union members to leave their union and offer competitive benefits.”( “discounts to major retailers, from Target to Microsoft.”  see SPN EXPOSED

   Investigations of Republican Propaganda Mills

     the Koch's -- the Mercers  --- Horowitz -- Murdoch 
------------------- see Koch's Exposed

   

Since June 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for opting-out of unions.
SPN was behind the lawsuit and is engaging in a long and multi-faceted campaign to drain unions of members and resources.

Some of the most notable corporate funders of SPN and its web of "think tanks" include Big Tobacco companies (like Reynolds), Big Oil corporations (like the Koch family fortune), AT&TKraft FoodsVerizonComcastTime Warner CableFacebook, and Microsoft.
SPN and its "think tanks" are also largely funded by right-wing special interest groups and individuals, including the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the Coors family, the Walton Family Foundation, the Roe Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and Searle Freedom Trust.

 These same large corporations, right-wing foundations, and wealthy conservative ideologues --- fund ALEC
ALEC. the American Legislative Exchange Council -- 

  • undermine environmental regulations and deny climate change;
  • support school privatization;
  • undercut health care reform;
  • defund unions and limit their political influence;
  • restrain legislatures’ abilities to raise revenue through taxes;
  • mandate strict election laws that disenfranchise voters;
  • increase incarceration to benefit the private prison industry,
  • among many other issues.  -----------------------------------------------  see ALEC Exposed

FreedomWorks has been supported by the oil industry.and has also received funding from Verizon and SBC (now AT&T). Other FreedomWorks donors have included Philip Morris and foundations controlled by the Scaife family.  is an "associate member" of the State Policy Network, SPN  $12 million came from two corporations. Three current and former FreedomWorks employees say the money came from Richard Stephenson and his family. Stephenson is a 73-year-old millionaire residing in Illinois,

Funded by the Kochs, the Bradley Foundation, and other large right-wing foundations:

The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation has been one of the top supporters of Trump’s anti-immigration push on the right.

Those who attended the Trump summit from Heritage include Robert Bluey, vice president of communications and executive editor of the group’s news website, “The Daily Signal”; Bridgett Wagner, vice president of policy promotion; Maria Sousa, digital director; Lyndsey Fifield, social media manager; and Jessica Anderson, vice president of Heritage Action for America.

The Sarah Scaife Foundation is a major source of revenue for the Heritage Foundation, providing the group with at least $18 million since 1985. The foundation also funds a number of other anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim organizations, including the Center for Immigration Studies and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Billionaires Charles and David Koch and their partners in Stand Together (formerly known as the Seminar Network) have given over $5.7 million to Heritage since 1998 through their various family foundations, and the Koch network’s preferred donor conduit duo of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund has chipped in another half million since 2010.

The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has provided at least another $5.9 million to Heritage since 1998 and the Mercer Family Foundation, run by one of the “blow-it-all-up billionaires” behind Trump’s rise to power, Rebekah Mercer, has given at least another $1 million since 2015.

Heritage generally steers clear of the xenophobic language prevalent among other Trump influencers. Heritage researcher Jason Richwine, coauthor of a controversial report concluding that allowing illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship would cost taxpayers trillions, resigned from Heritage when it became public that he had argued in his Harvard dissertation that, “The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations.”

Media Research Center

Brent Bozell’s MRC operates “NewsBusters,” a site that claims to be “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.” It has a section entitled “Trump Coverage Studies” that attempts to refute mainstream media stories on Trump.

MRC has received at least $7 million from the Mercer Family Foundation since 2015; $2.4 million from the Bradley Foundation since 1998; and $1.4 million from the Sarah Scaife Foundation since 2012.

MRC claims to “not associate with known white nationalists,” and took down a piece it had promoted last year from a white nationalist website, which stated that Black people “are a threat to all who cross their path,” after it was reported by MediaMatters. It was not the first time, however, that NewsBusters had linked to or promoted white nationalist websites.

Bozell was a fierce critic of Trump prior to the 2016 election, but since repeatedly attacked the press for criticizing the president.


Brent Bozell

Project Veritas

Project Veritas, a 2015 grantee of the Trump Foundation, is run by James O’Keefe, a right-wing activist and provocateur who uses deception and manipulative editing in his “investigations.”

Due to O’Keefe’s methods, Project Veritas has been plagued by legal issues over the years, and the group is barred from seeking donations in Florida, Maine, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Project Veritas’s funders are difficult to identify as the group receives the majority of its funding through donor conduits. DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund have given the group over $4.8 million since 2011.

O’Keefe has been criticized for associating with radical white nationalists for years and has appeared on InfoWars — conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ infamous radio show denounced by ex-staffers as a “den of racism and harassment” — multiple times. After InfoWars was removed from social media platforms for promoting violence and hate, O’Keefe tweeted, InfoWars targeted, taken off social media. These tech companies’ practices are opaque and given their power must be made more transparent. We will expose the entire rotten tech machine.”

InfoWars has also hosted Patrick Casey, the leader of the white nationalist group Evropa, which helped plan the deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Evropa has since rebranded itself as the American Identity Movement.

Most recently, O’Keefe has teamed up with Ginni Thomas, a former Heritage staffer and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) chief marketing officer, Bill Meierling, to launch a new dark money operation to “protect President Trump.”

PragerU short for  Prager University, is an American non-profit organization that creates videos on various political, economic and philosophical topics from a conservative or right-wing perspective. The videos are posted on YouTube and usually feature a speaker who lectures for about five minutes.

PragerU is not a university, nor is it an academic institution. It does not hold classes, and does not grant certifications or diplomas and is not accredited by any recognized body.

Two of PragerU's largest donors are the hydraulic fracturing billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks. Two members of the Wilks family are on PragerU's board. The next-largest donor is the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Other donors include the Morgan Family Foundation, Fidelity Charitable Gift FundDonors Trust, and the Minnesota-based Sid and Carol Verdoorn Foundation, led by former C.H. Robinson CEO Sid Verdoorn.

The organization has a $10 million annual budget, of which it spends more than 40% on marketing.

Prager University, a social media video project of Dennis Prager and an attendee at the Trump Summit, has been banned and/or restricted on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Twitter for providing a platform for hate speech.

Anti-Semitic Owen Benjamin, anti-LGBT Steven Crowder, and former Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens have all contributed to Prager University. Owens left Turning Point USA after many campus chapters called for her resignation following her statement that “Hitler was an ‘OK’ leader until he tried to take his message global.”


Dennis Prager

In studying Prager University, the sociologist Francesca Tripodi writes that Prager’s project creates “a dense network of extremist thinkers” that “allows for those who identify as mainline conservatives to gain easy access to white supremacist logic.”

Prager University has received at least a million dollars since 2010 from the Bradley Foundation. Bradley internal documents examined by CMD show that Bradley funds Prager for its strong reach across social media platforms and because it “distills (conservative/Judeo-Christian) principles into content-rich, entertaining five-minute video ‘courses’ taught by public intellectuals, many of whom are Bradley Prize winners.”

Turning Point USA

Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA has a history of racism that extends beyond former employee Candace Owens. Kirk founded TP USA when he was 18 and pays himself $100,000.
It's a right-wing echo chamber  that insults Democrats. Most of their Twitter feed consists of calling out Democrats for being hypocrites, complaining about leftist propaganda in the curriculum and making anti-semitic jokes.
The group’s former chapter president at University of Nevada, Las Vegas used racial epithets and exclaimed “white power” while hugging another individual who shouted “we’re going to rule the country” and “fuck the niggers” in a video that went viral earlier this year.

Kirk also named Kyle Kashuv, widely known for his racial slurs, to be Turning Point USA’s high school outreach director. Kashuv resigned from the post when he was outed by a former classmate who said he “used the N-word frequently,” ranked women’s attractiveness by race, and referenced his “Jewish slaves.”

Turning Point USA has received close to $300,000 since 2014 from GOP megadonor Richard Uihlein‘s Ed Uihlein Family Foundation.

SOURCE of the above --  Exposed by CMD, Center for Media & Democracy --- and --- SOURCEWATCH

 

Club for Growth an organization funded by extremely wealthy conservatives . A key player in Republican Governor Scott Walker's move to take out the state's organized workers." A "national strategy" to get "newly elected Republican governors" to destroy labor and unions.

Bradley Foundation Funds Campaign to Cripple Public Sector Unions. Helps Fund Groups Opposing Climate Regulation. Bankrolls Front Groups of Discredited PR Spin Doctor Richard Berman. ---  see Bradley Exposed

 

Competitive Enterprise Institute(CEI) says that "Dennis Prager is getting a billion views". CEI is a advocacy group based in Washington DC with long ties to tobacco disinformation campaigns and more recently to climate change denial. It calls itself "a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy institute dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace."[1] The Competitive Enterprise Institute is an "associate" member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing "think tanks" in every state across the country.[2]

They have a program for "challenging government regulations", push property rights as a solution to environment problems, opposed US vehicle fuel efficiency standards, and spin for the drug industry.

 

Center for Organizational Research and Education Hype: "cost of the EPA’s regulations" and "hidden agendas behind environmental activist groups "

 

 

Judicial Watch  is an "associate" member of the State Policy Network SPN . One of the biggest players in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. It has made many claims since its founding which news outlets describe as either false or misleading. JW launched campaigns described as "baseless attempts to perpetuate the myth of voter fraud".

Founder Larry Klayman is a pathologically litigious attorney and professional gadfly notorious for suing everyone from Iran’s Supreme Leader to his own mother. He has spent years denouncing Barack Obama as a crypto-Communist Muslim, convening meaningless “citizens grand juries,” and railing against an endless list of enemies.

In 2002, Judicial Watch received $1.1 million from the Sarah Scaife Foundation (previously  Carthage Foundation ) and a further $400,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation. The year before the Scaife Foundation had given $1.35 million and  Scaife  Carthage $500,000.

In all, between 1997 and 2002, Judicial Watch received $7,069,500 in 19 grants from a handful of foundations including. The bulk of this funding came from just three foundations - the Sarah Scaife Foundation, The  Scaife  Carthage Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.

Judicial Watch received $77,500 from DonorsTrust between 2010 and 2014, a donor-advised fund that serves to further disguise the identity of donors. (See all DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund contributions here.)

Judicial Watch has also taken donations from the Alleghany FoundationNational Christian Charitable FoundationRobert S. and Star Pepper FoundationThe Whitcomb Charitable FoundationRichard and Helen DeVos FoundationBill and Berniece Grewcock Foundation and The Rodney Fund among others.

 Heartland Institute is known for their climate change denial, tobacco health risk denial, and their staunch stance against most environmental regulation. Is associate member" of the State Policy Network, SPNHeartland's LeftExposed.org anti-Democrat - anti-Government

Tucker Carlson also publishes The Daily Caller, a controversial online media outlet with ties to white nationalists that has infamously peddled everything from climate denial and anti-Islamic tropes to false prostitution charges and violence against protesters.
Carlson's moonlighting as an extremist at The Daily Caller is heavily bankrolled by -- you guessed it -- the Koch brothers. An investigation by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) finds that the Charles Koch Foundation has poured more than $2.7 million into the Daily Caller's non-profit "charity" since 2012, which generates the lion's share of the "news" that the Caller publishes.
Indeed, in 2016, Koch cash accounted for 83 percent of the The Daily Caller News Foundation's $1.1 million in revenues.

Heritage Foundation Donors

Date

Amount

Donor

2009

$1,000,000

Richard Mellon Scaife

2009

$1,000,000

Dick And Betsy Devos Foundation

2009

$1,000,000

Howard Charitable Foundation

2012

$830,000

ExxonMobil

2006

$800,000

Sarah Scaife Foundation

2009

$600,000

Sarah Scaife Foundation

2009

$500,000

Rick Gaby

2009

$500,000

Thomas A Saunders III

2009

$500,000

William Grewcock

2009

$500,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2009

$500,000

Lillian S Wells Foundation

2013

$500,000

Mercer Family Foundation

2014

$500,000

Mercer Family Foundation

2016

$500,000

Mercer Family Foundation

2009

$500,000

Sarah Scaife Foundation

2009

$500,000

The Armstrong Foundation

2012

$500,000

The Thirteen Foundation

2007

$465,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2006

$465,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2005

$465,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2001

$385,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

 

$200,000

The Anschutz Foundation

 

$200,000

The Anschutz Foundation

2011

$200,000

The Thirteen Foundation

2001

$150,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2009

$100,000

B E Faulkner

2009

$100,000

David A Jones

2009

$100,000

Dick J Randall

2009

$100,000

Dr Jeffrey B Shellan

2009

$100,000

George L Mayer

2009

$100,000

Jack E Caveney

2009

$100,000

James Lister

2009

$100,000

Joe E Lonning

2009

$100,000

John W Galbraith

2009

$100,000

Larry H Smead

2009

$100,000

Leo Cook

2009

$100,000

Lewis Lehrman

2009

$100,000

Marion Wells

2009

$100,000

Paul E Singer

2009

$100,000

Polly T Taplin

2009

$100,000

Robert V Pennington

2009

$100,000

Thomas W Colbert Sr

2009

$100,000

Walter P Buckthal

2009

$100,000

William L Amos Jr

 

$100,000

The Anschutz Foundation

2009

$100,000

Amway Corporation

2009

$100,000

Barney Family Foundation

2009

$100,000

BK Simon Family Foundation

2009

$100,000

Castle Rock Foundation

2009

$100,000

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

2009

$100,000

Donahue Family Foundation Inc

2009

$100,000

FM Kirby Foundation

2009

$100,000

Gleason Family Foundation

2009

$100,000

Hanwha Group

2009

$100,000

Jamestown Foundation

2009

$100,000

Kern Family Foundation

2009

$100,000

M J Murdock Charitable Trust

2009

$100,000

Searle Freedom Trust

2009

$100,000

Stuart Family Foundation

2009

$100,000

The CHEAR Foundation

2009

$100,000

The Deramus Foundation

2009

$100,000

The Frederick and Julia Nonneman Foundation

2009

$100,000

The Grover Hermann Foundation

2009

$100,000

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

2009

$100,000

The Morgan Family Trust

2009

$100,000

The Robert S & Star Pepper Foundation Inc

2009

$100,000

The Roe Foundation

2009

$100,000

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

2009

$100,000

William E Simon Foundation

1999

$75,000

Claude R. Lambe Foundation

2013

$50,000

ExxonMobil

2008

$50,000

Fairbrook Foundation

2014

$26,750

Jewish Communal Fund

2016

$5,000

Walton Family Foundation Inc

   

Google Inc.

   

Raytheon Company

   

The Boeing Company

   

Altria Group, Inc.

   

Charles Koch Foundation

 SOURCE

 

Richard Mellon Scaife was an American billionaire, a principal heir to the Mellon banking, oil, and aluminum fortune.He also endowed the Allegheny Foundation

Sarah Scaife Foundation

Betsy DeVos and Amway heir Dick DeVos (Amway is a MLM Pyramid Scheme)

Howard Charitable Foundation , Robert S. Howard
$5,000,000 in 2006 . $1,000,000 in 2011, $1,000,000 in 2012, $100,000 in each 2014, 2015,2016,2017

Claude R. Lambe Foundation ( Koch family-controlled) Greenpeace has calculated that CRLF provided $24,643,414 to groups peddling climate change denial between 1997-2011

Heritage Foundation ties to Koch

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $5.9 million to Heritage since 1998

Followers Propaganda Mills on Facebook
55k

Competitive Enterprise Institute

11k

 CFG Action

1.3k

 Turning Point USA at UF

1.4m

 Turning Point USA

213k

 Project Veritas

3.3m

 PragerU

2.8m

 Being Conservative

525k

 RedState

5.7m

 Judicial Watch

5.4m The Daily Caller
32k

 FreedomWorks

1.8m

 Media Research Center

2.3m

 CNSNews.com

244k

 Exposing Liberals

2.4m

 MRCTV

2.9m

 NewsBusters

8.5m

 IJR Red

1.3m

 Mark Levin

999k

 Young Conservatives

848k

 WND

1.2m

 Newsmax

1m

 National Review

2m

 The Heritage Foundation

310k

 Christian Coalition

1.7m

 Heritage Action for America

568k

 Carly Fiorina

5.7m

 Dr. Ben & Candy Carson

8.5m

 Sean Hannity

2.1m

 Ted Cruz

2m

 Rand Paul

325k

 Jeb Bush

24m

 Donald J. Trump

1.4m

 Marco Rubio

1.2m

 Chicks On The Right

 

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

 
   

BRITISH PROPAGANDA MILLS

Policy Exchange   a dark money-funded lobby group,-- producing  a report smearing Extinction Rebellion.

TaxPayers’ Alliance   Secretly funded lobby group  supplied some of the key advisers to Boris Johnson

Adam Smith Institute    supplied some of the key advisers to Boris Johnson

Institute of Economic Affairs   supplied some of the key advisers to Boris Johnson

Lynton Crosby is one of the principals in Crosby/Textor, the Australian affiliate of the U.S. Republican opinion polling company Wirthlin Worldwide.  
Revealed documents suggest that the firm run by Johnson’s ally and adviser Lynton Crosby has produced unbranded Facebook ads on behalf of the coal industry. Wirthlin Worldwide wrote a report demonizing ENVIRONMENTALISM.