Mary Bottari

Mary Bottari

Mary Bottari is the Director of the Center for Media and Democracy's Real Economy Project and editor of their www.BanksterUSA.org site.

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According OpenSecrets.org, outside groups and the three candidates spent an astonishing $36.9 million so far in the state’s most expensive primary in history. (Photo: Leah Vukmir/Screengrab) Views
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Wisconsin GOP Just Nominated ALEC’s “Iron Lady” to Take on Tammy Baldwin
The Kochs have exercised a lot of influence in Wisconsin, working with Governor Scott Walker to crush wages, bust unions, gut school spending, and promote vouchers. But the Kochs may have had their biggest victory of all handed to them last night by another billionaire couple. Koch loyalist and...
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21 July 2017 - Denver, CO - US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta gives remarks and participates in Q&A at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. (Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore)   Views
Monday, August 13, 2018
ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws
When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convened its 45th annual meeting of legislators and corporate lobbyists at the swank Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel on August 8, it served up a veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Trump’s Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Government Workers, Good Paying Jobs
In a major blow to organized labor and good paying government jobs, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged fees to reimburse the union for the cost of representing them in collective bargaining. The decision was 5-4 in the Janus...
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"Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that the Kochs will get $1.4 billion from the Jobs and Tax Cut Act of 2017, money that could be used to pay asbestos victims before they die." (Photo: Wikicommons) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
ALEC’s Deadly Asbestos Agenda Benefits Koch Industries, Nationwide
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) named Missouri Republican state Rep. Bruce DeGroot as a “Legislator of the Week” in June. Why is ALEC so fond of DeGroot? Because he has cheerfully championed ALEC legislation to restrict the right of terminally ill, asbestos victims to sue over...
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Rather than throwing up their hands and surrendering to the outside dark money forces already invading their state, Dawn Penich-Thacker, Save our Schools Arizona Co-founder and spokesperson tells CMD they are ready to battle the Kochs. Views
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Koch Latino Front Group Instructs Arizona Moms About School Vouchers
A full year in advance of a historic showdown on school vouchers in Arizona, the Kochs are already ladling on the cash. Through their Latino front group, Libre Institute , they have launched a six figure ad campaign targeting Arizona moms on one of the Kochs’ favorite topics, school vouchers. The...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver
Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate. This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC...
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Monday, May 08, 2017
Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide
Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort funded by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to assess and expand right-wing “infrastructure” to influence policies and politicians in statehouses nationwide. The documents were made public...
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Saturday, January 07, 2017
Koch Astroturf Army Cheers Union Busting in Kentucky
On the first day that the Kentucky legislature got underway with a newly elected Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican governor, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group blew the whistle and legislators jumped to do their bidding. This week, the Speaker of the House Jeff...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Scott Walker and John Doe: How Corporate Checks Fueled Coordinated Campaign
Documents released by the Guardian indicate that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may have solicited and received corporate checks for the 2011 Senate recall fight and his own 2012 recall election. The checks--cut from corporate treasuries, not granted by individuals--were deposited into the account...
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Saturday, April 09, 2016
ALEC “Right to Work” Law Tossed Out in Wisconsin
MADISON — Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Faust struck down the state’s private-sector “right-to-work” law late today. In February 2015, Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature pushed through a private-sector right-to-work bill over the objections of thousands of workers and 450...
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