Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves is Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of PRWatch.org, SourceWatch.org, and BanksterUSA.org. She formerly served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, as Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:47am
Corporate America’s New Scam: Industry P.R. Firm Poses as Think Tank!
When scholars at University of California, Berkeley, recently released a study finding that low wages in the fast food industry cost taxpayers $7 billion every year in social supports to subsidize salaries of low-income workers, they ran into a respectable-sounding opponent.
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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 1:33pm
Voices Rising Against Hedge Fund Millionaire Larry Summers to Head the Fed
Opposition is growing to the idea of President Obama naming Larry Summers to head the Federal Reserve.
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Friday, March 1, 2013 - 9:49am
Conversation with "Fix the Debt," Help Count the Pinocchios
Last week, the Center for Media and Democracy and The Nation magazine worked together to publish a package in the Nation and a new online wiki resource on Pete Peterson and the Campaign to Fix the Debt, an entity we consider an “astroturf supergroup” with a huge budget working hard to create the fantasy that Americans care more ab
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:30pm
'Fix The Debt' and Pete Peterson's Long History of Deficit Scaremongering
Fix the Debt financier Peter G. Peterson knows a thing or two about debt: he’s an expert at creating it. Peterson founded the private equity firm Blackstone Group in 1985 with Stephen Schwarzman (who compared raising taxes to “when Hitler invaded Poland”). Private equity firms don’t contribute much to the economy; they don’t make cars or milk the cows. Too frequently, they buy firms to loot them.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 2:37pm
ALEC's So-Called "Right to Work" Bill as Political Revenge in Michigan
As concerned workers come together across Michigan in protest, partisan politicians are poised to make one of the strongholds for America's blue-collar worker rights into a so-called "Right to Work" (RTW) state -- in accordance with the ALEC blueprint to change to state laws at the behest of some of the biggest corporations in the world.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 1:01pm
ALEC Goes After the Center for Media and Democracy
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sent a message to hundreds of legislators across the country attacking the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the creator of ALECexposed.org . Among other things ALEC claimed, "CMD is an attack-dog, not a watch-dog."
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Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:48pm
ALEC Exposed, ALEC Diminished: A Special Report from Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY -- American Legislative Exchange Council legislators, corporate lobbyists, and special interest group staffers awoke Thursday morning to bad news about ALEC delivered to every room at the "five diamond" Grand America hotel.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 8:26am
“Social Security is Broke”—and Other Corporate Scare Tactics
Winston Churchill reportedly said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.” That was before corporations had perfected the art of public relations, investing millions of dollars in PR campaigns to advance their commercial and political interests.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:15pm
Indiana Workers Stand against the ALEC Agenda and the Anti-Labor Bill Called the "Right to Work" (for Less)
Thousands of Indiana workers rallied outside, and inside, their state capitol on Wednesday to speak out against Governor Mitch Daniels' renewed effort to force through so-called "right to work" legislation designed to undermine labor unions and workers' rights protected by collective bargaining.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:24pm
Super PACs Are Super Ruining Our Democracy
Contrary to most press accounts, there was a decisive winner in the Iowa caucuses last night, and it was neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney. The "winner" was the so-called "Super" PACs (political action committees), the mutant front groups for political candidates that were "created" in the aftermath of the U.S.
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