"Richard Berman is a go-to hire for corporate bullies."
State Policy Network
An $835 million "charitable foundation" stacks the deck in favor of the Republican Party.
The recipients of funding from Peabody Energy were made public in the company's recent bankruptcy filings.
"This is a failure of a philosophy of governance you advocated," Rep. Connolly told Gov. Snyder. "A city in America... is on its knees because of your emergency manager's decision to save $4 million." That "philosophy of governance" is part of the DeVos-funded Mackinac Center's playbook.
ALEC and allies work to repeal laws that support local wage standards.
When Governor Jerry Brown signs Assembly Bill 1522, California employees no longer have to face the excruciating dilemma: go to work sick or get fired?
The Center for Media and Democracy and The Progressive are going to be busy at this year's Netroots Nation in Detroit, Michigan.
The State Policy Network (SPN), a web of right-wing "think tanks" in every state across the country, has close ties with the tobacco industry. When tobacco companies like Reynolds American or Altria/Philip Morris want to avoid tobacco taxes and health regulations, reports by SPN groups in many states can help inspire local resistance.
The Madison Group, the predecessor to the State Policy Network (SPN) was "launched by ALEC . . . and housed in the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.
The Guardian published a set of coordinated fundraising proposals from State Policy Network (SPN) members today that confirm many of these groups' intent to change state laws and policies, referring to "advancing model legislation" and "candidate briefings." These activities "arguably cross the line into lobbying," The Guardian notes. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) highlighted these questionable political activities in its recent report, "EXPOSED: The State Policy Network: The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government," as well as in a recent follow-up article.