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{{#badges:SPN|AEX}}The '''John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy''' is a Wisconsin-based [[think tank]] and a member of the [[State Policy Network]] (SPN). According to its website, the MacIver Institute promotes free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government.<ref>MacIver Institute [http://maciverinstitute.com/about/ About], organizational web page, accessed March 11, 2011.</ref><ref>MacIver Institute, [http://maciverinstitute.com/tag/state-budget/ State Budget], organizational "news service" web site, accessed March 10, 2011.</ref> According to One Wisconsin Now, the MacIver Institute is

:"a pro-corporate organization founded in 2009 to advance conservative ideas and values. . . Its top staff [are] long-time Republican campaign strategists and its board of directors includes leading Republicans, most notably [[Mark Block]], the head of [[Americans for Prosperity]]-WI[;] Fred Lubar, deep-pocketed Republican donor[;] and Jim Troupis, lawyer to leading Republicans such as Assembly Speaker [[Scott Jensen]] and ethically-challenged Supreme Court Justices Mike Gableman and Annette Ziegler.<ref>Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now, [http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/blog/2010/01/CHcQ.html Progressive Alert: MacIver Institute's Phony 'Reporting'], organizational blog, January 8, 2010.</ref>

MacIver operates the web site WisconsinOpenGov.org, which it says “provides you with one location for data on Wisconsin public employee salaries, benefits and labor contracts. We have worked hard to not just allow 'access' the way many government information sites do, but to give you all of the data in a format that allows you to select and sort the information as you see fit.”<ref>Beverly Betula, [http://wislawjournal.com/blog/2011/03/08/wisconsin-open-government/ Bev Betula: Wisconsin Open Government], ''Wisconsin Law Journal'' (blog), March 8, 2011.</ref>


==Ties to the Koch Brothers==

''ThinkProgress'' reported that the MacIver Institute has numerous ties to the billionaire [[Koch Brothers]], co-owners of [[Koch Industries]], which has numerous business interests in Wisconsin. ''ThinkProgress'' writes that

:"[[Mark Block]], the [[Americans for Prosperity]] Wisconsin state director and a key figure in the alleged voter suppression plot, sits on MacIver’s board of directors. MacIver and AFP Wisconsin also share two other board members, David Fettig and Fred Luber. MacIver also works closely with AFP Wisconsin as part of the Wisconsin Prosperity Network, along with another group with ties to Koch funding, [[American Majority]]. The think tank also participates in the Koch-funded Institute for Humane Studies’ Koch Summer Fellows Program and is a member of the Koch-funded State Policy Network."<ref>Josh Dorner [http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/22/koch-voter-suppression/ Koch-Backed Groups Helped Kill Law Designed To Prevent Voter Suppression Plot Hatched By Koch-Backed Groups] ThinkProgress.org, September 22, 2010</ref>

The MacIver institute teamed up with the [[Koch network]] group [[Americans for Prosperity]] to purchase $700,000 worth of television ads in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012.

==MacIver: An ALEC Ally in Wisconsin==

===Pro-Walker Ad Campaigns Mislead on Job Growth===

In 2011-2012, the MacIver Institute teamed up with [[American Legislative Exchange Council]] (ALEC) member [[Americans for Prosperity]] to produce a multi-million dollar TV "issue ad" campaign called "It's Working!" in support of Governor [[Scott Walker]]. The ad claimed that by eliminating collective bargaining, Walker had "put taxpayers back in control" and praised his record.<ref>Eric Kleefeld, "[http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/koch-backed-americans-for-prosperity-puts-700000-into-wisconsin.php Koch-Backed Americans For Prosperity Puts $700,000 Into Wisconsin]," ''Talking Points Memo'', February 22, 2012.</ref> The MacIver/AFP ads told Wisconsinites that Walker brought thousands of jobs to Wisconsin, but omitted the facts that Wisconsin was ranked 50 out of 50 in the nation in job creation and that the state lost at least 23,900 jobs between March 2011 and March 2012.

Groups registered as 501(c)(3)s can do some lobbying for or against legislation (but not candidates), so long as this is “an insubstantial part” of their overall activities, a threshold the IRS has not clearly defined. Most groups that engage in issue advocacy opt for a different tax status, 501(c)(4), according to Wisconsin journalist Bill Lueders. Lueders characterized the ad campaign's legality as "close to the line."<ref>Bill Lueders, "[http://www.insidemilwaukee.com/Article/12222011-AdCampaignComesClosetotheLine Ad Campaign comes close to the line]", ''Inside Milwaukee'' blog, December 2011.</ref>

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In April 2013, MacIver again published misleading information regarding Wisconsin job growth under Walker, claiming greater job growth than even Walker himself had reported. The piece, titled "Gov. Scott Walker More than Halfway to 250,000 Jobs Goal", claimed that 137,372 jobs had been created since Walker took office.<ref>[http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2013/04/gov-scott-walker-more-than-halfway-to-250000-jobs-goal/ Gov. Scott Walker More than Halfway to 250,000 Jobs Goal], Brett Healy, MacIver Institute, April 9, 2013.</ref> The non-partisan fact-checking organization PolitiFact gives this claim "Pants on Fire" status, showing that their conclusions are severely flawed on several levels.<ref>[http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/apr/17/maciver-institute/maciver-institute-says-wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-/ MacIver Institute Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is More Than Halfway to Goal of Creating 250,000 Private Sector Jobs], James B. Nelson, Politifact, April 17, 2013.</ref> First, the MacIver report uses partial years in their calculation, a method which is known to be an extremely poor measure of trends because of seasonal job market fluctuation. Secondly, the MacIver report does not account for the existing jobs at the start of Walker's term, which consequently inflatedly the number by 65,401 jobs that should not have been included. Reports from the Capital Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel estimate that the true number of jobs created from January 2011 to February 2013 was closer to 64,500.<ref>[http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/04/12064/maciver-institute-ideologues-manage-turn-lemonade-lemons MacIver Institute Ideologues Manage to Turn Lemonade Into Lemons], Mary Bottari, PRWatch, April 18, 2013.</ref>

===MacIver Pushes for Right-to-Work===

On November 24, 2010, just weeks after Walker was elected governor, the MacIver Institute published an editorial by Brian Fraley calling for the newly-elected governor and legislature to repeal public sector collective bargaining and make Wisconsin a “Right to Work” state. Walker never mentioned attacking collective bargaining rights during the campaign. The editorial was published two weeks before Walker first raised the subject publicly at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon.

Fraley was MacIver’s Director of Communications and the former private sector co-chair of ALEC’s [[Health and Human Services Task Force]].

The MacIver Institute is a member of the [[State Policy Network]] (SPN), which is actively involved in ALEC.<ref>Center for Media and Democracy, [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/c/cd/ALEC_Exposed_in_Wisconsin.pdf ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State], organizational report, May 2012.</ref> Please see [[SPN Ties to ALEC]] for more.


==Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity==

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===MacIver Reporter Fails to Reveal his Identity to Interviewees===

Former television reporter Bill Osmulski works for the MacIver Institute. In 2009, he was charged with obtaining interviews with two elected Wisconsin officials under false pretenses by failing to disclose his affiliation with MacIver. Osmulski led the two officials he spoke with to believe he was conducting the interview for a local television station. When asked about the incident, Osmulski claimed he did not reveal his affiliation because the officials did not ask him for it, but Stephen Ward, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics, said reporters have a duty to disclose their affiliation and the purpose of their interview prior to conducting the interview. "You should be open about all your affiliations in advance," Ward said.<ref>Jason Stein [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt_and_politics/article_43751011-0980-527f-be38-63ee4a4530bf.html Claims of misrepresentation in reporter's first MacIver story], ''Wisconsin State Journal,'' September 5, 2009.</ref>

===Method of Operation and Reporting Irregularities===

The MacIver Institute claims to be a news service, but it actually gathers -- and in some cases seems to create -- "news" footage designed to advance a conservative, anti-worker agenda.<ref>Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now, [http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/blog/2010/01/CHcQ.html Progressive Alert: MacIver Institute's Phony 'Reporting'], organizational blog, January 8, 2010.</ref>

==Irregularities in the MacIver Institute "Doctor's Note" Video==

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The MacIver Institute created a video in which the organization claimed to have caught doctors in white coats in February, 2011 directing Madison, Wisconsin protesters to places where they could obtain absentee excuses for the time they were out of work marching in protest of Wisconsin Governor [[Scott Walker]]'s "budget repair" bill.<ref>Tom Held, [http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/116635288.html Doctor's excuses for protesting teachers in Madison draws scrutiny], ''Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel'', February 21, 2011.</ref> However, irregularities were found in the report. The absentee letters listed the doctor as "Kathy Orton," but no Kathy Orton was found to be listed as a Wisconsin doctor. Also, the contact listed on the doctors notes was "Badgerdoctors@gmail.com," but there was no listing for "Badgerdoctors," which one would presume would be the name of the medical group or association that the "doctors" were from. Usually in protest situations, the final negotiation with employers forgives the days missed for protests, but this information was not mentioned in MacIver's "report." It was also revealed that the videographer who shot the "doctor's note" footage was Christian Hartstock, a friend of the late [[Andrew Breitbart]], who is known for putting misleading videos on his web site, BigGovernment.com.<ref>Karoli [http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/wisconsin-protesters-breitbarted-over-bogus Wisconsin Protesters Breitbarted Over Bogus Teachers' Excuses], ''Crooks and Liars'', February 19, 2011</ref><ref>Priscilla [http://www.newshounds.us/2011/02/20/fox_news_gets_punked_by_breitbart_pal.php Fox News Gets Punked By Breitbart Pal?], ''NewsHounds,'' February 20, 2011</ref>

Brett Healy reported on [[Andrew Breitbart]]'s BigGovernment.com web site on May 4, 2011 that the video "won an award for their reporting of the labor unrest at the State Capitol. MacIver beat out international competition to win the Grand Prize in the ‘Lights Camera, Liberty’ contest, which was presented at The Atlas Experience conference in Dallas, Texas last week. 'We congratulate the leadership and staff of the MacIver Institute for their tremendous achievements in reaching large audiences through video communications and for the critical role they continue to play educating citizens of Wisconsin and the nation,' said Brad Lips, Chief Executive Officer of the [[Atlas Economic Research Foundation]]. The award winning video. . . was narrated and produced for the MacIver News Service by investigative reporter Bill Osmulski."<ref>Brett Healy, [http://biggovernment.com/bhealy/2011/05/04/macivers-fake-doctors-notes-video-report-garners-atlas-award/ MacIver’s Fake Doctors’ Notes Video Report Garners Atlas Award], ''Andrew Breitbart presents Big Government'' (blog), May 4, 2011.</ref>

==MacIver Suggests GAB Would Include Invalid Recall Signatures==

‘The Capital Times’ reported that the MacIver Institute suggested that the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) would deem recall signatures from “Mickey Mouse” or “Hitler” to be valid when counting signatures signed to recall Wis. Gov [[Scott Walker]]. The GAB made it clear that it would review petitions with an eye toward disqualifying false or inappropriate signatures. Additionally, a judge defined parameters for the review process.<ref name="CT">[http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/editorial/john-maciver-would-not-approve-of-the-distortions-being-made/article_ffed9605-5e89-5055-afba-075116a09a11.html John Maciver Would not Approve of the Distortions being Made in His Name], ''Capital Times'' editorial, January 21, 2012.</ref>

==Critics Claim that John MacIver Would Not Approve==

'The Capitol Times' reported that the institute that is named for John MacIver "appears to be taking its lead from hyper-partisan out-of-state interests that have little interest in Wisconsin’s civic -- and civil -- traditions. That’s not the way John MacIver, an old-school Wisconsin Republican whose memory we well regard, operated." MacIver was a Milwaukee lawyer and political campaigner who played an important role in electing moderate leaders such as former Governor Warren Knowles. He was a classic mainstream Republican, with close ties to Tommy Thompson and George H.W. Bush. MacIver was a UW-Madison graduate who was always active in civic and state affairs; he frequently served on boards and commissions. And he is well recalled for his work with Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, to create Wisconsin’s Commission on Judicial Elections and Ethics. "[MacIver] would be shocked by what is being done in his name," said the ''Capitol Times''.<ref name="CT"/>


According to the ''Eye on Wisconsin'' blog, the domain name maciverinstitute.com was privately registered in December, 2008, "with no one willing to lay public claim to the new org[anization]."<ref>Cory Liebmann, [http://eye-on-wisconsin.blogspot.com/2009/03/introducing-scott-jensen-chain-gang.html Introducing the Scott Jensen Chain Gang], ''Eye on Wisconsin'' (blog), March 4, 2009.</ref>


As of June 2014:<ref>MacIver Institute, [http://www.maciverinstitute.com/about/ About], organizational website, accessed June 19, 2014.</ref>


* [[Fred Luber]], Board Chair.

* [[Steve Fettig]], Vice Chair.

* [[Jim Troupis]], Board Member. Clerked for Justice Howard C. Ryan of the Illinois Supreme Court.

* [[Laurie McCallum]], Board Member. Former First Lady of Wisconsin.

* [[Gerardo (Jerry) H. Gonzalez]], Board Member. Partner with Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan LLP.

===Former Board Members===

* [[Carl Kuehne]] of Green Bay (Secretary of the Green Bay Packers and a member of its Executive Committee)<ref>MacIver Institute [http://maciverinstitute.com/about/board-members/ About Board Members], organizational web page, accessed March 15, 2011</ref>

===Other Staff===

As of June 2014:<ref>MacIver Institute, [http://www.maciverinstitute.com/contact/ Contact Us], organizational website, accessed June 19, 2014.</ref>

*[[Brett Healy]], President

*[[Nick Novak]], Communications Director

*[[William Osmulski]], Investigative Reporter

*[[Christian D'Andrea]], Education Policy Analyst. Formerly a Policy Analyst and State Program Director with the [[Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice]] (now the Foundation for Educational Choice), which advocates the use of voucher systems for education, a system that allows taxpayer funds to flow to private schools.<ref>Greg Forster, Christian D'Andrea, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, [http://www.edchoice.org/CMSModules/EdChoice/FileLibrary/383/FL%20Poll%200709.pdf Empirical Issues in the State: An Empirical Evaluation of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program], organizational report, August 2009.</ref><ref>The Foundation for Educational Choice, [http://www.edchoice.org/The-Friedmans/Milton-Friedman-s-Bio.aspx Milton Friedman bio], organizational website, accessed March 15, 2011.</ref>

===News and Controversies Related to MacIver Staff===

====Scott Jensen====

''Eye on Wisconsin'' discovered that former Republican Assembly Speaker [[Scott Jensen]] had written press releases for the MacIver Institute, even though his name was not on the releases and the Institute denied that Jensen is formally involved with the organization. Jensen's authorship of the releases can be discovered by accessing one of the organization's [http://eye-on-wisconsin.blogspot.com/2009/03/shady-org-lies-about-jensen-ties.html press releases], right-clicking on it and observing the document properties (e.g. "Author:Scott Jensen"). Jensen also authored a PowerPoint presentation on the Institute's web site.

Jensen was the subject of an eight-year criminal case for misconduct while he was in office in Wisconsin. The case concluded in December, 2010 after Jensen agreed to pay a $5,000 civil forfeiture fine and reimburse the state of Wisconsin $67,174 in legal fees initially borne by taxpayers, according to a plea deal. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick L. Snyder found Jensen guilty of an ethics code violation related to his using his government position for illegal gain. Felony charges against Jensen were dropped under the deal.

Jensen also has a 2006 misdemeanor conviction in Dane County for violating the public trust. In 2002, Jensen (along with other GOP leaders in the State Assembly) was charged with using taxpayer dollars to run a secret, illegal campaign machine out of the Capitol.<ref>Mike Johnson and Jason Stein, [http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/112195794.html Jensen settles misconduct case; felonies dropped; He is likely barred from running for office, must pay fine, court costs], ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', December 20, 2010.</ref><ref>Democratic Party of Wisconsin, [http://www.wisdems.org/news/press/view/2009-03-exposed-indicted-felon-scott-jensen-crafting-message- EXPOSED: Indicted Felon Scott Jensen Crafting Message for MacIver Institute: MacIver Institute Caught Lying to Public About Jensen’s Role, Documents Show], political party website, March 16, 2009.</ref>

====Brett Healy====

[[Brett Healy]], the president of MacIver, worked for [[Scott Jensen]] for 12 years and was Jensen's Chief of Staff during the time Jensen was brought up on criminal charges.<ref>Cary Liebmann [http://eye-on-wisconsin.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-maciver-forgot-to-mention-today.html What MacIver Forgot to Mention Today], Eye on Wisconsin (blog) March 13, 2009</ref><ref>Greg Bump [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/us/13wisconsin.html Healy Next on the Stand], WisPolitics.com, WisCourtWatch (blog), March 6, 2006</ref> During Jensen's trial, Healy contradicted testimony offered by two staffers he supervised, Leigh (Himebauch) Searl and Carrie (Hoeper) Richard -- that Jensen was fully aware of the campaign work they and others did on behalf of Taxpayers for Jensen while at the office. In testimony given prior Healy's in the trial, Leigh (Himebauch) Searl said that for four months in 2000, she worked on Jensen's campaign while drawing a state salary and occupying an office at the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Healy testified that he was unaware of that arrangement. Healy went on to become a lobbyist for School Choice Wisconsin in Milwaukee. <ref>Dee J. Hall [http://host.madison.com/news/article_8a378fc5-92ed-53f8-9d7c-7998a7ceb3d4.html Jensen Didn't Know, 3 suggest Aides Testify as Defense Starts its Presentation], Madison.com, March 7, 2006</ref>

====Nick Novak====

[[Nick Novak]], MacIver's Director of Communications, was previously a regional field manager for the [[Republican National Committee]], director of operations for Eric Hovde's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, external relations coordinator for Governor [[Scott Walker]].<ref>Nick Novak, [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-novak/49/682/950 Nick Novak], ''LinkedIn.com'' career profile, accessed March 2013.</ref> Former Directors of Communications have included Sean Lansing, Press Secretary for Governor Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana) as of February 2012, and Brian Fraley, who served as the Senior Vice President for State Affairs at [[America's Health Insurance Plans]] in Washington, D.C. Fraley was also the national Health and Human Services Task Force Private Sector Chairman for the [[American Legislative Exchange Council]] (ALEC).<ref>Brian Fraley, [http://www.brookfieldnow.com/userstoriessubmitted/43421417.html MacIver Institute Hires Fraley to Lead Communications Efforts], Press release, April 22, 2009</ref>

====Mark Block====

The Institute's former treasurer, [[Mark Block]], was State Director of the Wisconsin chapter of [[Americans for Prosperity]]. Block was banned from politics and fined $15,000 for participating in an illegal scheme in the campaign of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox. Block served as Wilcox's campaign manager. Block illegally coordinated $200,000 worth of campaign activity with a group that pretended to be operating independently. The person who ran that "independent" group was fined $35,000 and was also banned from Wisconsin state politics for five years. Justice Wilcox also paid a $10,000 fine. The fines were the largest ever assessed against a campaign in Wisconsin's history<ref>xoff, [http://uppitywis.org/block-nixon-are-not-convicted-crooks Block, Nixon are not convicted crooks], ''Uppity Wisconsin'' (blog), June 14, 2010.</ref><ref>The XOff Files, [http://thexofffiles.blogspot.com/2006/07/being-married-heterosexual-means-never.html Being a married heterosexual means never having to say your partner's guilty], blog, July 12, 2006.</ref><ref>Xoff, [http://thexofffiles.blogspot.com/2006/02/new-anti-tax-group-features-familiar.html New anti-tax group features familiar face], blog, February 17, 2006.</ref>

====James Troupis====

Board member [[James Troupis]] is a Republican lawyer-for-hire who has been tied up with the gerrymandering scandal. He has worked for Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s [[David Prosser]], Michael Gableman, and Anette Ziegler. Troupis was also the legal mastermind behind Wisconsin Governor [[Scott Walker]]’s decision to issue arrest warrants to the 14 Democrat senators who left the state of Wisconsin to in opposition to Walker’s "Collective Bargaining Bill."<ref>MacIver Institute, [http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2012/02/maciver-institute-anything-but-news.html Anything but a News Service], ''[http://www.cognidissidence.blogspot.com Cognidissidence]'' blog, accessed February 27, 2012.</ref>

====Bill Klauser and Michael Grebe====

Other prominent Wisconsin Republican operatives connected to the organization include [[Bill Klauser]], a top administrator for Governor Tommy Thompson, and [[Michael Grebe]], head of the [[Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation]].<ref>Cory Liebmann [http://eye-on-wisconsin.blogspot.com/2009/03/introducing-scott-jensen-chain-gang.html Introducing the Scott Jensen Chain Gang], ''Eye on Wisconsin'' blog, February 28, 2012.</ref>


The MacIver Institute receives funding from the [[Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation]] and has reportedly received $300,000 from them from 2008-2010 to support general operations.<ref>Lee Fang, [http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/21/zombie-johnbirch-walker/ How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Campaign], ''ThinkProgress'', February 21, 2011.</ref><ref>Media Matters Action Network, [http://mediamattersaction.org/transparency/organization/The_Lynde_and_Harry_Bradley_Foundation/grants Conservative Foundations/Funders/The_Lynde_and_Harry_Bradley_Foundation List of Fund Recipients], accessed March 15, 2011.</ref>

==Core Financials==

'''<big>2012</big>'''<ref>MacIver Institute, [http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/26-2639114/john-k-maciver-institute-public-policy.aspx] IRS Form 990], organizational tax filing, December 12, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2014</ref><br>

'''For the period July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013'''

* Total Revenue: $509,474

* Total Expenses: $528,194

* Net Assets: $387,684

'''<big>2011</big>'''<ref>MacIver Institute, [https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/2013_02_EO/26-2639114_990_201206.pdf IRS Form 990], organizational tax filing, January 7, 2013.</ref><br>

'''For the period July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012'''

* Total Revenue: $632,359

* Total Expenses: $504,410

* Net Assets: $406,404

'''<big>2010</big>'''<ref>MacIver Institute, IRS form 990, 2010. [http://www.guidestar.org/ GuideStar].</ref>:<br>

'''For the period July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011'''

* Total Revenue: $404,334.00

* Total Expenses: $496,830.00

* Net Assets: $278,455.00

'''<big>2009</big>'''<ref>MacIver Institute, IRS form 990, 2009. [http://www.guidestar.org/ GuideStar].</ref>:

* Total Revenue: $584,944.00

* Total Expenses: $384,756.00

* Net Assets: $370,951.00


Brett Healy, President<br>

44 East Mifflin Street, Suite 201<br>

Madison, WI 53703<br>

Phone: (608) 588-6477<br>

==Articles and Resources==

===Related Sourcewatch Resources===

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* [[Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation]]

===Related PRWatch Articles===

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* Anne Landman, [http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10347/consider-source-maciver-news-service Consider the Source: MacIver News Service], ''PRWatch.org'', March 15, 2011

* Lisa Graves, [http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10375/cmd-special-report-who-are-headliners-koch-funded-afp-conventions A CMD Special Report: Who Are the Headliners at Koch-Funded AFP Conventions?], ''PRWatch.org'', March 29, 2011

* Center for Media and Democracy, [http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10325/center-media-and-democracy-submits-amicus-brief-defending-campaign-disclosure-rul Center for Media and Democracy Submits Amicus Brief Defending Campaign Disclosure Rules], ''PRWatch.org'', March 9, 2011

==External Resources==

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* Don Walker [http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/119021974.html Groups seek emails of Democratic lawmakers], ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', March 31, 2011



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