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Brendan Fischer is general counsel for the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of PR Watch.
Paid Sick Day Campaigns Gaining Traction Across U.S. Despite Opposition From Fast Food Chains
Posted on: Jul 30, 2014, Source: PR Watch
Across the country, cities are passing paid sick time laws.
Wall St. Journal Freaks Out as Scott Walker Seeks Legal Settlement Over Campaign Money Laundering
Posted on: May 29, 2014, Source: PR Watch
First they loudly defend Walker. Then they turn on him.
Scott Walker, ALEC and RNC Lies Unmasked In Court Ruling Tossing Wisconsin's Tough New Voter ID Law
Posted on: Apr 30, 2014, Source: Center for Media and Democracy
No sane person would commit voter fraud, the federal judge said.
Wisconsin Legislature Joins Radical Right's Call For A Federal Constitutional Convention
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source: PR Watch
The most recent state to adopt ALEC'S model to amend the U.S. Constitution
Right-Wing Front Group Poses as Journalists to Attack Investigation Into Political Money Laundering
Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source: Center for Media and Democracy
Wisconsin's secretive right-wing political operators are nervous.
ALEC Stands Its Ground, But Stumbles
Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: PR Watch
It's been a rough week for the organization that has become known as a corporate bill mill.
Our Biggest Enviro Threat? 77 ALEC Bills in 2013 Advance a Big Oil, Big Ag Agenda
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013, Source: PR Watch
ALEC bills favor the fossil fuel barons and promote a retrograde energy agenda that pollutes our air and water and is slowly cooking the planet to what may soon be devastating temperatures.
NC Passes Voter Suppression Measures as DOJ Moves to Protect Voters in TX
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013, Source: PR Watch
Predictable steps taken to suppress the vote after SCOTUS struck down Voting Rights Act.
Justice Denied: 71 New 'Tort Reform' Bills Make It Harder to Hold Corporations Accountable for Causing Injury and Death
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: PR Watch
Legal rights of ordinary people are being whittled away.
Meet the Right-Wing Bankrollers Behind High Court Challenges to the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013, Source: PR Watch
Ed Blum and the Bradley Foundation are one for two this term. They'll be back.
Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin: Proposed Bill Would Enact Voter ID, Limit Early Voting and Expand Lobbyist Influence
Posted on: May 29, 2013, Source: PR Watch
Announced just before holiday weekend, Republican bill is so huge, it's difficult to know where to start dismantling it.
"Issue Ad" Scam By Right-Wing Education Group Uncovered in Wisconsin
Posted on: May 8, 2013, Source: PR Watch
American Federation for Children deceived public about how much they were spending to sway elections.
Kochs Form New Dark Money Group To Hide Political Activities From Public
Posted on: May 2, 2013, Source: PR Watch
"Business League" will keep political spending in the shadows.
U.S. Supreme Court Considers ALEC Voter Registration Bill And Limiting Federal Oversight of Eligible Voters
Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: PR Watch
Arizona imposed stricter voter registration requirements. But the GOP doesn't want to stop there.
Walker's Anti-Union Law Should Remain Blocked, Court Says
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013, Source: PR Watch
A Wisconsin appeals court cleared the way for teachers unions to keep collectively bargaining their contracts, despite Walker's attempt to stop them.
FreedomWorks Putting Its War Chest to Work for ALEC’s Union-Busting Agenda in the States
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: PR Watch
The Koch-funded organization is getting a boost from one of the leading Tea Party front-groups.
Wisconsin's Scott Walker Trusts Teachers with Guns, But Not Collective Bargaining
Posted on: Dec 21, 2012, Source: PR Watch
The divisive governor believes more guns are the answer.
Rightwing Legislation Mill ALEC Anticipates Losing Non-Profit Tax Status
Posted on: Dec 14, 2012, Source: PR Watch
ALEC has drafted bills for union-busting, voter suppression and vigilante gun rights.
Under Fire for its Hard-Right Policies, ALEC Meets in DC to Try to Stop the Bleeding
Posted on: Nov 30, 2012, Source: PR Watch
The corporate front-group came under scrutiny after the Trayvon Martin Killing.
After a Controversial Year, ALEC Convenes in Washington; Damage Control at Top of Agenda
Posted on: Nov 29, 2012, Source: PR Watch
No one should be fooled by ALEC's upcoming makeover.
Wisconsin Progressive Tammy Baldwin Is Ahead And Could Tip U.S. Senate Balance
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Baldwin's strength as a candidate has grown, despite GOP efforts labeling her as "too liberal."
Koch Industries Orders Workers Not To Discuss Kochs' Politics On Social Media
Posted on: Oct 16, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Decree could violate National Labor Relations Board ruling.
Wealthy Right Wingers Including the Kochs Have Pledged to Raise $1 Billion to Elect Romney and Other Republicans
Posted on: Sep 24, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Support from nominally independent Super PACs and dark money groups gives Romney a significant financial edge over President Obama.
Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Demonizing Obama's supporters as government dependents makes it easier to pass repressive voting laws.
GOP Shadow Groups Alter Attack Ads To Keep Donors Hidden
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: PR Watch
David Koch, Karl Rove, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are turning to an old loophole.
US Funded Death Squads in El Salvador Casts Shadow Over GOP Ticket
Posted on: Aug 16, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Paul Ryan is getting foreign policy briefings from Elliot Abrams, who actively covered-up atrocities in El Salvador.
Forget GOP Unity: Tuesday's US Senate Primary in Wisconsin Shows Party At War With Itself
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: PR Watch
There is no one Republican Party in 2012, as shown by who is bankrolling various factions.
"Americans for Job Security" Targets WI GOP Senate Race, From the Shadows
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Opaque attack ads before an upcoming primary show vitriol of GOP ideologues.
Tea Party Consultants, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain Fleecing Right's Small Donors
Posted on: Aug 1, 2012, Source: PR Watch
While their grassroots fume at Obama, their 'leaders' are pocketing their money.
Voting Rights Victory: Arizona Proof of Citizenship Overturned
Posted on: Jun 28, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Arizona's infamous Prop. 200 was overturned by U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
Obamacare Opponents Are Fat Cats Masquerading As Small Business
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012, Source: PR Watch
"Small businesses don't give multi-million-dollar contributions."
Wisconsin GOP Try To Retake State Senate, Hyping 'Fraud' By Young Voters
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Wisconsin's political drama continues, as top GOP donors accuse young voters of fraud amid a state senate recount.
What's Behind the Recall in Wisconsin: Workers Fighting Back As Walker Dodges Questions About Corruption
Posted on: Jun 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The roots of the Tuesday's special election recall election unexpectedly began last winter.
Koch Brothers' Americans For Prosperity Goes All Out in Wisconsin Recall--And Denies It!
Posted on: May 28, 2012, Source: PR Watch
The spokesperson for the Koch Brothers' anti-union crusade claims their efforts are not on behalf of any candidate.
Wisconsin Recall Showdown Decided: Scott Walker to Face Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Posted on: May 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Scott Walker's 2010 opponent gets a rematch, as protester's candidate will face the GOP Lt. Governor.
Scott Walker Gets $1.3 Million From Koch Summit Attendees to Fight Recall
Posted on: May 4, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Wisconsin's embattled Republican governor is supported by a who's who of wealthy right-wing donors.
Rightwing ALEC Puts Wisconsin Anti-Labor Laws On May Agenda
Posted on: May 1, 2012, Source: PR Watch
Michigan's Koch-Funded Mackinac Center Is Bringing Wisconsin Act 10 Provisions to ALEC's spring meeting.
Right-Wing ALEC Retreats on Most Controversial Issues
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012, Source: PR Watch
ALEC disbands task force responsible for Stand Your Ground, voter ID, prison privatization, AZ's anti-immigrant law SB 1070.
The Wisconsin Story: Scott Walker's Unprecedented Assault on Unions and Democracy And the June 5th Recall Vote
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Wisconsin's populist rebellion came after state GOP leaders attacked workers' rights and dignity.
Scott Walker Imports Voter Suppression Thugs In Wisconsin Recall
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The embattled Wisconsin governor has now turned to groups known for intimidating voters.
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