follows the money fueling the right-wing movement, to show how conservative philanthropies, through their tax-exempt funding strategies, shape public discourse.
The big givers include Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Scaife, Koch, Coors, and Walton family foundations. They alone have poured $28 million into the American Enterprise Institute. That kind of money buys a lot of "experts."
With coordinated giving on a grand scale, they've led the way in funding a movement to radically alter the social, legal, educational, media, political and religious landscapes of the United States, building a supply-side machinery for implementing a hard-right agenda.
Media Transparency follows their money and what it buys with a unique database -- 50,000 grants to 9,000 recipients for $3.5 billion -- and 60 to 70 original articles per year that connect the dots between the money and the movement's radical public policy goals.
Media Transparency is the essential check on this extreme agenda, as witnessed by the dozens of progressive media outlets like Alternet, ThinkProgress, Media Matters, SourceWatch and Daily Kos that rely on our research, and the more than 30 books that have cited it.
MediaTransparency is sorely in need of funding. For less than a Senior Adjunct Fellow might earn at Heritage you can keep this important resource alive.