TV News LIES

Saturday, Feb 28th

Last update07:31:12 AM GMT

You are here News Politics Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds

Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds

E-mail Print PDF

facebook and MS support right wing groupsSome of America’s largest technology and telecoms companies, including Facebook, Microsoft and AT&T, are backing a network of self-styled “free-market thinktanks” promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation, according to a new report by a lobbying watchdog.

The Center for Media and Democracy asserts that the State Policy Network (SPN), an umbrella group of 64 thinktanks based in each of the 50 states, is acting as a largely beneath-the-radar lobbying machine for major corporations and rightwing donors.

Its policies include cutting taxes, opposing climate change regulations, advocating reductions in labour protections and the minimum wage, privatising education, restricting voter rights and lobbying for the tobacco industry.

The network’s $83.2m annual warchest comes from major donors. These include the Koch brothers, the energy tycoons who are a mainstay of Tea Party groups and climate change sceptics; the tobacco company Philip Morris and its parent company Altria Group; the food giant Kraft; and the multinational drugs company GlaxoSmithKline.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Gun-rights advocates fight Obama over ban on 'military-grade' AR-15 bullets

Wayne LapierreGun-rights advocates are up in arms over a new proposal by Barack Obama’s administration that aims...

Labor takes final stand as Wisconsin prepares way for anti-union law

anti union vote WisconsinGov. Scott Walker stands ready to deal the Wisconsin labor movement its greatest blow yet. Within...

Lawmaker asks if swallowed camera be used for female exam

Vito BarbiereAn Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can...

Jeb Bush’s private investments in fracking dovetail with public advocacy

Jeb BushIn the summer of 2013, well before he became an all-but-declared presidential candidate, Jeb Bush spoke...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!