Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves is an American progressive activist who is senior fellow and former executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy. She served in this role from 2009 to 2017, when she became president of True North Research and co-director of DocumentedInvestigations.org. Graves was Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development and served as Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Patrick Leahy.

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Monday, September 17, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted. We Know Because We Worked as Counsel to Senators When He Was in the Bush White House
We watched the testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee with dismay and disbelief. His many misleading and false statements cast serious doubt on whether he should be confirmed to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The events of this weekend only make it clearer the...
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  Judge Brett Kavanaugh prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill on Sept. 6.  Photo edited by Slate. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Views
Monday, September 10, 2018
I Wrote Some of the Stolen Memos That Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About
Much of Washington has spent the week focusing on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. After the revelations of his confirmation hearings, the better question is whether he should be impeached from the federal judiciary. I do not raise that question lightly, but I...
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
5 Things to Know about Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump Education Choice
Billionaire Betsy DeVos, a major GOP funder and party activist from Michigan, has been tapped by Donald Trump to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education next year. Many have decried the choice as a looming disaster for public schools in America, with NEA president Lily Eskelsen...
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Another Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Reentry and Privatization
As Congress considers major criminal justice reforms to address the devastating impact of gross sentencing disparities that have devastated minority communities, the Koch machine is seeking changes to the law that would benefit Koch Industries and other corporations by limiting their criminal...
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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 05, 2013
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 01, 2013
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
'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
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
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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