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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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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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:45pm
Should Obama Use Executive Action on Immigration? Ask Ronald Reagan.
Republicans and right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation are howling that President Obama will use executive action to defer deportation for some undocumented immigrants -- and trying to deny that Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush led the way, and in some ways...
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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:30am
ALEC Fueled Supreme Court Challenge to Obama Health Law
Healthcare for millions of Americans is at stake in the latest Affordable Care Act challenge to reach the U.S. Supreme Court -- and if the Court sides with the challengers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other Koch-funded groups will have laid the groundwork for the healthcare...
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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:15pm
McCutcheon’s Supreme Cynicism
One of the many outrageous aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision is how blatantly it served the interests of the very wealthiest. After all, the plaintiff, Shaun McCutcheon, was complaining that his free speech rights were being infringed because he was prohibited from...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:30pm
The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low
A majority of the Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage -- thanks in no small part to the political power of the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry's trade association. For...
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:30am
Federal Court Strikes down WI's "Discriminatory" Voter ID as Unconstitutional
In a landmark decision, a federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID restrictions as both an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and, for the first time, a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act based on the law's "disproportionate racial impact and...
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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:13am
Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of "Stand Your Ground"
Once again, Florida's Stand Your Ground law has helped a man escape conviction for killing an African-American teenager. After thirty hours of deliberations, on February 15 a Florida jury declared it could not reach a decision about whether Michael Dunn, 47, could be convicted of first degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
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