Brendan Fischer

Brendan Fischer is CMD's General Counsel. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to law school, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in Northeastern El Salvador. Twitter: @brendan_fischer

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 1:30pm
Lying About Election Spending, Dark Money Group Brags to Donors it Will 'Win Senate Seats' with 'No Donor Disclosure'
Newly-released documents expose how shadowy political operatives flaunt campaign finance law to keep donors secret – and that federal regulators are asleep at the switch. The Commission on Hope Growth and Opportunity (CHGO) formed in February 2010 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 2:15pm
Cashing in on Kids: 172 ALEC Education Bills Push Privatization in 2015
Despite widespread public opposition to the corporate-driven education privatization agenda, at least 172 measures reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bills were introduced in 42 states in 2015, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:00am
How San Diego Is a Petri Dish for the ALEC Agenda
This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) descends on San Diego, California for its annual meeting of lobbyists and legislators. In many ways, San Diego is an appropriate setting for ALEC's conference. Beyond the walls of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where ALEC members convene...
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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9:45am
Five Things to Know About the Scott Walker John Doe Ruling
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has single-handedly rewritten the state’s limits on money in politics, rendering the state’s disclosure laws and contribution limits meaningless, and opening the door to unlimited funds directly from corporations and foreign firms. In a 4-2 decision that broke along...
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Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 12:15pm
As Walker Announces, Wisconsin GOP Moves to Gut Open Records Law
On the same day that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his run for president, the Wisconsin GOP has proposed a virtual gutting of Wisconsin's open records law, long considered one of the best in the nation. The drastic changes were proposed in a last-minute, anonymous budget motion, with...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:15am
Koch Brothers Declare Scott Walker Is Our Man
Has Scott Walker won the Koch primary? Charles and David Koch, the billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately-held companies in the world and the overseers of one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, told Republican donors in New York on April...
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Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Wisconsin Introduces Word-for-Word ALEC Right to Work Bill
Wisconsin Republicans have called a special session to take up a "right to work" measure attacking private sector unions--and the text of the bill, the Center for Media and Democracy has discovered, is taken word-for-word from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation. See the...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:45pm
The Kochs Will Spend $1 Billion on the 2016 Elections, but Deny It
The political network organized by Charles and David Koch plans to spend an incredible $889 million to capture the White House in 2016 and deepen the Koch party's bench in Congress. But that's not what they'll tell federal regulators. If history is a guide, the Koch network will claim that much of...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:45pm
5 Years after Citizens United, Democracy Is for Sale
This week, Republican presidential hopefuls like Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul will travel to an exclusive resort near Palm Springs, Florida to kiss the rings of David and Charles Koch. The New York Times calls it the "Koch primary." Over the last five years, the Koch...
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Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:00am
In Black Lives Matter Protest, Corporate Rights Trump Free Speech
Minnesotans protesting police violence and institutional racism could face "staggering" fees and criminal charges for a protest at Mall of America, with the City of Bloomington announcing plans to force organizers to pay for the mall's lost revenue during the exercise of their free speech rights,...
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