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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:00 PM
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Help needed -- List of Koch Bros. front groups.
This is what I have so far--

Americans for Prosperity

John Birch Society (co-founded by father Fred Koch)

Kansas Policy Institute

Reason Foundation & Reason Magazine

CATO Institute

Heritage Foundation

*******

What am I missing?

(And please, no snarks about why don't you just google it?. I've googled this every which way from Sunday. If Googling answered every problem, we wouldn't have to discuss things here, would we?)

Thank you . . .
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:18 PM
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1. Here's 4 more, still searching...
Institute for Justice
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
American Legislative Exchange Council
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:23 PM
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14. Well done. I thank you. nt
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:19 PM
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2. Republican Party
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Segami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:41 PM
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6. LOL! +1
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:22 PM
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13. Heh, no sh!t.
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Bobbie47 Donating Member (386 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:20 PM
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3. Organizations Funded
http://www.sourcewatch.oOrganizations funded

Funding libertarian organizations

The Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation is one of Koch Family Foundations. Several of the organizations in the list below were founded by one of two Koch brothers, Charles G. Koch or David H. Koch to pursue their ideological agenda

Below is a list of recipients listing the cumulative amount, unadjusted for inflation, granted by the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation<1>
1) Cato Institute $8,450,000
2) Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation $6,025,375
3) George Mason University $2,311,149
4) George Mason University Foundation, Inc. $2,074,893
6) Heritage Foundation, The $1,004,000
7) Institute for Justice $1,000,000
8) Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment $810,000
9) Reason Foundation, The $642,000
10) Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, The $504,000
12) Institute for Humane Studies $455,000
13) Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy $385,000
14) Washington Legal Foundation $350,000
15) Capital Research Center $340,000
16) Competitive Enterprise Institute $254,460
20) Ethics and Public Policy Center, Inc. $190,000
22) National Center for Policy Analysis $175,000
23) Citizens for Congressional Reform Foundation $175,000
24) Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. $125,000
25) American Legislative Exchange Council $120,000
26) Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty $115,000
28) Political Economy Research Center, Inc. $80,000
29) Media Institute $60,000
30) National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship $60,000
31) University of Chicago $59,000
32) Defenders of Property Rights $55,000
33) University of Kansas Endowment Assocation $50,000
36) Texas Public Policy Foundation $44,500
37) Center for Individual Rights, The $40,000
38) Heartland Institute $40,000
39) Texas Justice Foundation $40,000
40) Institute for Policy Innovation $35,000
42) Center of the American Experiment $31,500
43) Atlas Economic Research Foundation $28,500
44) Young America's Foundation $25,000
45) Henry Hazlitt Foundation $25,000
47) Atlantic Legal Foundation $20,000
48) National Taxpayers Union Foundation $20,000
49) Families Against Mandatory Minimums $20,000
50) Philanthropy Roundtable $19,200
51) Free Enterprise Institute $15,000
52) John Locke Foundation $15,000
53) Hudson Institute, Inc. $12,650
54) Alexis de Tocqueville Institution $12,500
55) National Environmental Policy Institute $12,500
56) Washington University $11,500
57) Pacific Legal Foundation $10,000
58) American Council for Capital Formation $10,000
60) Institute for Political Economy $8,000
62) State Policy Network $6,500
64) Fraser Institute, The $5,000
65) Mackinac Center, The $5,000
66) Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation $5,000
68) Institute for Objectivist Studies $5,000
69) Americans for Prosperity
Some additional recipients by amount granted by the Charles G. Koch Foundation http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipientsoffunder.php...
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation $2,000,000
Fred C. & Mary R. Koch Foundation $1,097,000
Bill of Rights Institute $992,000
Mercatus Center $400,000
rg/index.php?title=Koch_Family_Foundations


Not sure if this will help. The link is at the top.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:26 PM
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4. Please don't overestimate the Kochs' influence on these groups.
They contribute to these groups, but an organization like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, goes way beyond the Koch brothers.

What you're dealing with here is more than 30 years of collusion by rightwing politicians and business interests, with a group of billionaires having a lot to do with getting this started.

The Koch brothers are getting a lot of attention now, but you can't understand how this all got started unless you research the Coors family, Richard Mellon Scaife, and so on.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:36 PM
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5. About Richard Mellon Scaife, from SourceWatch:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Richard_Mell...

Scaife was a primary source of money used to fund attacks against Bill Clinton during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky eras of his presidency. He has also been known to purchase mass quantities of conservative books (especially those published by Regnery Press) to push them up the bestseller lists.

Among the right-wing organizations substantially funded by Scaife are the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, Judicial Watch, Cato Institute and a working group within his American Spectator publication called the "Arkansas Project," whose specific aim was to locate and create dirt on the Clintons in order to smear them, in hopes of removing Clinton from office.

People for the American Way estimates that the Scaife Foundations have channeled in excess of $340 million to right-wing groups over the last thirty years, more than any other individual.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:43 PM
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7. As a Kansan, I warn you not to UNDERestimate the Kochs
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:52 PM
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9. I don't. But simply referring to some of these groups as "Koch front groups" completely misses the
point of how many corporate interests are involved and how complex and intertwined this is. Just as it would have been wrong during the Clinton administration to think Scaife was the only one to worry about. Hillary Clinton called it a vast right wing conspiracy, and that was a perfectly accurate description of it.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 09:21 PM
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18. Re the Kochs just being part of the problem -- this topic links to a chart showing money spent on
lobbying in the last two years:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Koch Industries is listed, but spent only $20 million, compared to $276 million spent by the US Chamber of Commerce. Whose funding is also very questionable:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/05/foreign-chamber-com... /


Sometimes, while trying to understand just what we're up against, it's tempting to focus on just one figure, or a few. It's the Bush family and/or Scaife and/or Rove and/or the Koch brothers, and/or....

Right now the Koch brothers are especially obvious.

But the problem is so much wider...
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:46 PM
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8. Kick.
The more we know, the better.

These assholes have been operating in the shadows for FAR too long. Good thing we're starting to open the windows and pull back the shades on them.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:53 PM
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10. ThinkProgress article on the Kochs: The Billionaires Behind The Hate
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:24 PM
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15. Touche. Thanks. nt
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 07:57 PM
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11. K&R
- This is a pretty good source to check out almost anyone and their extraneous connections: NNDB Mapper

Here's an example:


(Click pic, then mouse over David H. Koch icon to expand nodes)
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:01 PM
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12. Here is one
Save Our Sound

They are the antiwind group that has been opposing the Cape Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound for 10 years. Funds, staff and legal resources provided by Koch Bros et al.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:30 PM
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16. Another thread has a protester holding up a mock road sign . . .
DEMOCRACY ----->

<-----KOCHOCRACY

Check it out, heh.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 08:51 PM
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17. You should check out Conservative Transparency, part of Media Matters Action Network, for more info:
http://mediamattersaction.org/transparency /

This is SourceWatch's page on Conservative Transparency, which they consider a complement to their own Front Groups portal and astroturf information:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Conservative...

Link to their Front Groups portal -- look at that list of groups, each a link to a page with more information:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Front_Groups

Link to their page on astroturfing:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Astroturf


Media Matters Action Network is of course part of Media Matters for America, which was founded by David Brock. His book Blinded by the Right is fascinating reading. This is a link to Bill Press's review at CNN.com:

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/04/02/column.b...
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 09:26 PM
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19. Check out this thread. A lot of good info
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