Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

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    Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/11/liberal-group-grants-over-5x-as-much-as-koch-brothers-but-goes-largely-unnoticed-by-the-media/

    Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner offers an interesting observation about the ostensibly corrupting influence of money in politics, and how this scourge is covered by the media: the Right-leaning Koch Brothers receive far more media attention than the deliberately “obscure” left-wing Tides Foundation – 1,130 hits on the New York Times website for the Kochs, versus only 64 for Tides – but the Tides Foundation actually donates over five and a half times as much money to activist causes.

    Consider these numbers, derived from multiple searches of foundation grant databases, IRS Form 990s and other public records:

    Three Koch foundations made a total of 181 grants worth $25,405,525in 2010 (most recent available records). The one Tides Foundationmade a total of 2,627 grants worth $143,529,590 in 2010.

    Put otherwise, for every one grant made by a Koch foundation, Tides made more than five grants.

    There are important qualifications to these numbers, including that the two Koch brothers also contributed to numerous political candidates, there may be other Koch-controlled foundations that didn’t surface in this study, not all of the grants included here went to political or ideological groups or causes, and the two men may have significant influence on yet other foundations not under their direction.

    What is crystal clear is this: The Koch Brothers get vastly more attention from two of the nation’s elite media outlets and the grand sire of the “too much money corrupts” school of campaign finance reform than an obscure foundation that bankrolls multiple legions of leftist political groups and causes.

    What’s more, as Watchdog.org notes, the Tides Foundation also scoops up gigantic amounts of taxpayer money - $28 million between 2009 and 2011.  Emissaries of this foundation visited the Obama White House 92 times last year, and they are noted for employing some very heavy-duty lobbyists.  They’re just the kind of secretive big-spending power broker the media would love to investigate to pieces… if reporters didn’t personally agree with its ideology.

    This illustrates an important point about campaign finance and transparency.  There are, ultimately, three ways money can enter politics.  (And it will enter politics – all illusions about “getting the money out of politics” are either fairy-tale talk or veiled efforts to push the American system toward method 1.)

    1. The government can exclusively fund and control all elections.

    2. Money can be spent fully and freely by anyone and everyone, but with complete legally-enforced transparency.

    3. The government hyper-regulates campaign finance through an ever-changing regime of arbitrary laws.

    We live in the latest incarnation of Method 3, which has been significantly revised, by both legislation and Supreme Court decisions, dozens of times over the years.  (Are we up to a hundred yet?)  It makes some degree of sense that regulations would change as new forms of communication, such as the Internet, appear, but that’s not usually what prompts the changes.  It’s more likely that the political / media class will detect some form of campaign expenditure it finds distasteful or “unfair” and legislate against it… creating new “loopholes” to be exploited by the next wave of “special interests,” which employ legal experts who dissect campaign finance laws much more thoroughly than the people who write and vote upon them.

    “Keeping the money out of politics” therefore becomes comparable to stopping a tsunami with sandbags.  The process is also highly subjective: one man’s noble “activist” is another man’s sinister “special interest.”  Of course, in the current media culture has some pretty firm ideas about which is which, even though the nature of an interest group’s ideology does not change the simple reality of using big campaign donations to purchase clout in Washington.  Among other reliable narratives, corporate interests and champions of capitalism are generally depicted as acting out of simple greed, while the lust for power (and mega-bucks raked in by exploiting regulatory regimes) is ignored as a motivation for selfless, public-spirited left-wing groups.

    The media is a big player in shaping popular perception about other organizations that labor to shape popular opinion… or spend millions to buy enough power to over-ride it.  In truth, the media is itself a special interest, making immense “in-kind” contributions to favored candidates through its coverage.  (Give the government direct control over all campaign money, and the power of the media as the sole external player in political campaigns would increase exponentially.  That’s one reason so many Big Media types strongly favor public campaign financing.)  No matter what happens next to our tortured campaign finance laws, we will remain painfully distant from an open system in which both freedom of speech, and freedom of information, are fully respected.  There are still a lot of very big players the public is almost completely unaware of, even as they are instructed to view some law-abiding advocacy groups as dastardly conspirators.

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    What’s more, as Watchdog.org notes, the Tides Foundation also scoops up gigantic amounts of taxpayer money - $28 million between 2009 and 2011.

     

    You can't imagine how happy I am to be paying for a group to spew progressive propaganda at me.

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    Worth noting that the evil David Koch funds PBS and Nova.  Bastard.

     

    You know how those libertarian types are...

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    Br'er Crankup don't you know the right wing media plays their audience for chimps .

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    The OP buried the lede.

    The issue is with the media's reporting on money in politics, not the Tides Foundation.

     

    Is any other outlet - except the grey lady - the subject of any of this analysis...?  Are they measuring quality over quantity?

    Because it's not a surprise to most of us that conservatives hate the New York Times almost as a rule.

     

    Seems that when the gop were in charge, liberal activist orgs like PETA and Code Pink were also in the press often.

     

     

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    "Seems that when the gop were in charge, liberal activist orgs like PETA and Code Pink were also in the press often."
    Weak response. PETA and Code Pink were political organizations, not fundraising organizations taking in billions from various sources...

    Conservatives "hate" the New York Times? Then liberals "hate" Fox News...

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    In response to Sistersledge's comment:



    Is it an either or option because as much as I don't like the Catholic church..I'm not all that excited for 28 Mars rover missions a year either....: )

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:

    "Seems that when the gop were in charge, liberal activist orgs like PETA and Code Pink were also in the press often."
    Weak response. PETA and Code Pink were political organizations, not fundraising organizations taking in billions from various sources...

    Conservatives "hate" the New York Times? Then liberals "hate" Fox News...



    Lame dodge.

    Either the NYT is the subject of this criticism, or others are as well.  I'm not disputing the notion that the Kochs attract a lot of press, but decrying the "liberal media" is feeble, at best.

    But as I said, the subject is NOT the groups themselves but the media reporting on them, so try to stay on-point....

     

     

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

    In response to NO MO O's comment:

    It's a shame that the state is at war with religions and their values.

     



    The religions started it.

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

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    Is it an either or option because as much as I don't like the Catholic church..I'm not all that excited for 28 Mars rover missions a year either....: )

     




    I don't want 71 Billions going to NASA either

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

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    Is it an either or option because as much as I don't like the Catholic church..I'm not all that excited for 28 Mars rover missions a year either....: )

     

     




    I don't want 71 Billions going to NASA either

     



    I was being facetious. That being said...that money could go to much better things. It's ridiculous church's are exempt. 

     
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    Re: Liberal group grants over 5x as much as Koch Brothers but goes largely unnoticed by the media

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    Is it an either or option because as much as I don't like the Catholic church..I'm not all that excited for 28 Mars rover missions a year either....: )

     

     




    I don't want 71 Billions going to NASA either

     

     



    I was being facetious. That being said...that money could go to much better things. It's ridiculous church's are exempt. 

     




    I wonder how much more that the average family pay in taxes a year to make up for the lost revenue because Churches are exempt fom paying taxes ?

     
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