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Secretive Thinktanks Crushing Democracy - Millionaire$ & Corporation$ Sway Public Opinion Using Tax Breaks


Business  (tags: rightwing thinktanks, lobbying, funding, corporations, millionaires, US, UK, public opinion, influence, cry freedom, hunger, poverty, rules, regulation, public health, industrial injuries, exploitation, pollution, dustbin earth, unscrupulous banking )

LucyKalei
- 910 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Rightwing thinktank funding by m$$naires & corp's explains why they outn° & outspend those arguing for public services & distribution of wealth. Claim to stand for freedom but they mean freedom from rules that prevent their sponsors playing by their own



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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:50 am
We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy. Millionaires and corporations are using tax breaks to help sway public opinion - Rightwing thinktanks profess a love of freedom, but their refusal to reveal who funds them is deeply undemocratic Read more –He entitled the article differently on his blog; there it's ‘Show Me The Money’.
 

Jelica R. (159)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 11:49 pm
There is a booklet to download at Center for American Progress, The Koch Brothers, What You Need to Know About the Financiers of the Radical Right, by Tony Carrk. Off course, Kochs are not their only financiers, but here is the matrix exposed.

Also, interesting reading is Comment on the Tea Party Movement (PDF), and some other Bob Altemeyer's texts, PDFs, free to download and easy to read.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 1:44 pm
In a nutshell:
"Freedom is what all these groups claim to stand for. But the freedom they promote is of a particular kind. They are not campaigning for freedom from hunger or poverty. They are not demanding free access to health and education. They are not lobbying for freedom from industrial injuries, exploitation, pollution or unscrupulous banking. When these libertarians say freedom, they mean freedom from the rules that prevent their sponsors behaving as they wish: mistreating their workers, threatening public health and using the planet as their dustbin."

I couldn't have said it better myself.
 

Roger Skinner (12)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 3:47 pm
When "thinktanks" became just another way for the rich to influence elections anonymously, they should have lost their preferential tax status.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday October 21, 2011, 10:51 am
I love your modesty, Pattie - bravo!

Excellent point, Roger.

Thanks for those links, Jelica.
I've been having trouble with my Internet connection & as a result, have been spending more time trying to get it back than actually doing anything. So I haven't been able to check them out yet.
 
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