Tag: Americans for Prosperity

A glimpse behind the curtain of how Koch-funded corporate front groups manipulate the news you read on the internet

A glimpse behind the curtain of how Koch-funded corporate front groups manipulate the news you read on the internet

Over the past several years, I have written about how corporate front groups, largely funded by corporatists like the Koch brothers and their network of fake grassroots (“astroturf”) groups, manipulate the media to serve their corporate bottom lines. They use this network to amplify their corporate messages, disguised as “reporting” or “news”, jacking up their search engine hits, and ensuring […]

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Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity faces fierce backlash in Montana over Medicaid expansion

Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity faces fierce backlash in Montana over Medicaid expansion

Montanans are a special breed of Americans. They are fiercely independent and, in general, quite conservative. However, one thing that most folks from Montana have no patience for is when outsiders come into their state, run down their elected officials, and try to tell them how to vote. That’s exactly what the Koch brothers corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity […]

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Koch brothers-backed candidate in Michigan loses (or is that “didn’t succeed enough”?)

Koch brothers-backed candidate in Michigan loses (or is that “didn’t succeed enough”?)

In Livingston County, one of the most conservative places in mid-Michigan, the Koch brothers’ front group Americans for Prosperity backed GOP House candidate Wendy Day, putting up billboards to support her bid for the nomination in the 47th House District Day is notorious for her time on a local school board (while she home-schooled her own kids) and for blogging […]

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State lawmakers snub Koch brothers & screw the Detroit Institute of Arts, vote for state aid in Detroit bankruptcy deal

State lawmakers snub Koch brothers & screw the Detroit Institute of Arts, vote for state aid in Detroit bankruptcy deal

Efforts by the Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity to scuttle the Detroit bankruptcy settlement were shot down in flames as the state legislature overwhelmingly voted yesterday to contribute $194.8 million toward the deal. This was the amount needed to ensure that the deal did not collapse and which saves the Detroit Institute of Arts’ priceless art collection while […]

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SHOCKER! Koch brothers working to scuttle Detroit bankruptcy settlement

SHOCKER! Koch brothers working to scuttle Detroit bankruptcy settlement

In a shocking development that surprises absolutely nobody, we learn that the Koch brothers, through their front group Americans for Prosperity, is working overtime to sabotage the “grand bargain” settlement that would bring the city of Detroit out of bankruptcy, save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ priceless art collection, and keep innocent retired pensioners from being thrown into abject poverty […]

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Koch brothers want to fix Michigan’s roads with “free-market reforms”

Koch brothers want to fix Michigan’s roads with “free-market reforms”

Nobody in Michigan would argue that we don’t need to take drastic measures to fix our crumbling roads. In some places, gravel roads would be an improvement over what the roads look like right now. One proposal being floated is to change the gas tax from a flat 19 cents per gallon to a percentage of the wholesale cost. This […]

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UPDATEDx2: Koch brothers’ fake “Obamacare victim” Julie Boonstra made to look even more foolish and exploited

UPDATEDx2: Koch brothers’ fake “Obamacare victim” Julie Boonstra made to look even more foolish and exploited

“It can’t be true…I personally do not believe that.” My home town of Dexter has been in the national news a bit lately. It started when Congressman Tim “the Original Tea Partier” Walberg invited a resident of our Stars Hollow-like village, Julie Boonstra, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address as a “victim of Obamacare”. […]

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Terri Lynn Land’s campaign crashing and burning before she even makes a public appearance

Terri Lynn Land’s campaign crashing and burning before she even makes a public appearance

Actually, it’s more like the Koch brothers’ campaign… Terri Lynn Land can best be described as the U.S. Senate candidate in absentia. Unlike her Democratic opponent Gary Peters who has been touring the state talking to voters, Land hasn’t made public appearance in months, not one where she could be asked direct questions since she began her tepid campaign to […]

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Republicans maintain a laser-like focus on Obamacare misinformation campaign

Republicans maintain a laser-like focus on Obamacare misinformation campaign

GOP Congressmen Walberg and Bentivolio are so busy trying to discredit the ACA, how can they have time for anything else? How many Obamacare “horror stories” have to be debunked for people to realize that the GOP spin machine is pedaling so hard it’s about ready to rotate off its axis? Better yet, let’s call it what it is: lying. […]

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Michigan Democratic Party gets serious, will file FEC complaint against Terri Lynn Land for collusion with Super PACs

Michigan Democratic Party gets serious, will file FEC complaint against Terri Lynn Land for collusion with Super PACs

Fighting back against corporate funding of bought-and-paid-for Republicans In late September of 2013, RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land appeared at a Republican Women of Leelanau County Garden Party. Like Mitt Romney in 2012, Land neglected to notice that she was being recorded. Video of her appeared on Huffington Post saying that she had been talking to people at conservative Super […]

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UPDATED: Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity taking a page from OFA’s playbook, funds State of the Union watch parties in at least 13 states

UPDATED: Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity taking a page from OFA’s playbook, funds State of the Union watch parties in at least 13 states

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery A Politico piece titled Koch World 2014 revealed that the Koch brothers realized that their failure in the 2012 election was due largely to a poor field organization. They learned from their mistake, according to the article, and are spending their vast resources to help shore up local field organizing. A clear example […]

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