Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide | By Mary Bottari | Common Dreams

Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide | By Mary Bottari | Common Dreams:

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 in October 2016 on two Twitter accounts that cyber security analysts have linked to one of the Russian hackers alleged to have breached the Democratic National Committee. The Bradley Foundation confirmed in a statement that the hack had taken place and was reported to the FBI. More information about how the Bradley files became public is available here.
The documents open a window to the behind-the-scenes workings of one of America’s largest right-wing foundations. With $835 million in assets as of June 2016, the Bradley Foundation is as large as the three Koch family foundations combined, yet receives much less attention as a significant funder of the right.
CMD has examined thousands of these documents, including Bradley board documents between 2013-2016. The documents indicate that Bradley has a new stream of funding to build this “conservative infrastructure” and is using a metric to assess the strength and depth of that infrastructure in individual states — including “receptive” politicians, right-wing “think tanks,” symbiotic “grassroots” groups, friendly media, litigation centers, and opposition research — to guide Bradley’s strategic funding initiatives.
Bradley ranks states into four “tiers” of investment opportunities and prioritizes funding the top tier states. A re-creation of Bradley’s master chart listing all U.S. states and scoring Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide | By Mary Bottari | Common Dreams:


 Image result for big education ape Weaponized Philanthropy
Image result for big education ape Weaponized

Latest News and Comment from Education

LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION

LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION
EduBloggers