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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:36 PM

Bill Moyers: Little-Known Group Has Become The "Dark-Money ATM for Right"

http://billmoyers.com/2013/02/21/donors-trust-the-atm-for-climate-denial

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Donors Trust: The ATM for Climate Denial


February 21, 2013
by Theresa Riley

According to Mother Jones and The Guardian newspaper, over the past decade, a little-known group called Donors Trust has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from wealthy contributors to a host of right-wing organizations, advocacy groups and think tanks. MJ‘s Andy Kroll dubs it the “dark-money ATM of the right” because of all the conservative campaigns the group had bankrolled. He writes:

Founded in 1999, Donors Trust (and an affiliated group, Donors Capital Fund) has raised north of $500 million and doled out $400 million to more than 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups, according to Whitney Ball, the group’s CEO. Donors Trust allows wealthy contributors who want to donate millions to the most important causes on the right to do so anonymously, essentially scrubbing the identity of those underwriting conservative and libertarian organizations.

The group bankrolled attacks on unions, public schools, regulating Wall Street and the veracity of global warming. The Guardian‘s Suzanne Goldenberg reports that climate change denial was a particular focus of the fund. By 2010, the Trust had “distributed $118m to 102 thinktanks or action groups” on record denying human involvement with climate change or “opposing environmental regulations.”

Recipients included some of the best-known think tanks on the right. The American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to the Republican party establishment and has a large staff of scholars, received more than $17m in untraceable donations over the years, the record show.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:43 PM

1. Darkside Puppetmasters (R)

Pulling the strings of the poor RepubliSuckers they have lured in through their overpaid cabal of Republican Chickenhawk Propaganda Pimps, like Limbaugh, O'reilly, Hannity, etc.

They constitute a darkside pox upon the nation and the planet.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:21 PM

2. Thanks again Moyers. He's a true gift to journalism. nt

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:26 AM

3. Here's the page listing the main recipients of all that loot. Interesting mix.

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