NEW REPORT: Ten Years Later: A Look Back On The Koch Brothers & Hurricane Katrina

As the country marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that came with it, Bridge Project is releasing a report that delves into Koch Industries’ role in the most expensive natural disaster in American history. The report explores how the company both contributed to the damages and took advantage of the situation to increase their profits.

The Koch brothers’ driving philosophy is to put their business interests ahead of everything else — as long as they’re growing their bottom line, nothing, and no one else, matters. Bridge Project’s report entitled, “Ten Years Later: A Look Back On The Koch Brothers & Hurricane Katrina,” looks at how that philosophy compounded the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The report also covers their more recent efforts to push policies that can be detrimental to residents of high risk flood areas.

The report looks at:

The Kochs’ destruction of the wetlands that compounded […]

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Group Attacking Planned Parenthood Feeling The Heat?

The head of the group attacking Planned Parenthood, Center for Medical Progress, is doing everything possible on CNN this morning to deny his deep associations with anti-choice extremists and militants — ties that are clear as day on paper.

CMP’s highly edited and misleading undercover videos are part of a coordinated strike that Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are fueling to try and defund women’s health care. Last night was the latest sign that Republicans are fracturing their coalition using an anti-choice extremist group to decide whether to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

The facts on CMP’s extremist and militant connections:

CMP Board Member Troy Newman Is An Anti-Choice Extremist

Troy Newman Was A Board Member Of The Center For Medical Progress. According to Christian Newswire, “Operation Rescue President Troy Newman serves on the Board of Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress. During this investigation, […]

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The Koch Conspiracy To Cut Off Millions Of Americans’ Access To Healthcare

It’s Medicaid’s 50th birthday, and the Koch brothers planned something special: a death panel.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, Bridge Project today released a new report, “The Koch-Backed Effort to Kill Medicaid,” highlighting the Koch brothers ongoing assault on Medicaid, which they would give just about anything — hundreds of millions of dollars, anyway — to destroy.

And unlike some of their other, more subversive campaigns of destruction that prioritize their profit margins over the interests of the American public, the Kochs haven’t been too subtle on this one: the Kochs and Koch-funded groups have explicitly spoken out against Medicaid, advocated Medicaid-crippling budgets, and even attacked Republicans (!) for not supporting their Medicaid-destroying agenda.

This time, the Kochs are all-in. All-in to block state-level Medicaid expansions that would extend healthcare access to millions of Americans. All-in to strip healthcare from the millions who already benefit from the program […]

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WATCH: Planned Parenthood’s Attackers — In Their Own Words

Who’s attacking Planned Parenthood?

Radical, anti-choice extremists, who actively seek to restrict women in their health care options. Their extremist rhetoric speaks volumes. And yesterday, at anti-Planned Parenthood protests across the country, they spoke loud and clear.

Bridge Project today released a video, “This is Who’s Targeting Planned Parenthood,” exposing these anti-choice extremists for what they truly are.

Here they are, in their own words:

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WATCH: New Planned Parenthood Video

Bridge Project today is releasing a web ad that pulls the curtain open on anti-choice extremist group Center for Medical Progress and their highly edited and misleading attacks on Planned Parenthood. Center for Medical Progress activists have deep and lasting ties to militant extremists who have attacked Planned Parenthood and women’s healthcare for decades.

It is an attack coordinated with Republicans who have admitted viewing a video weeks earlier than its public release and comes from a group that reportedly has misled the IRS. Even Republican presidential candidates like Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are using these misleading attacks to fundraise.

David Daleiden & The Center For Medical Progress

David Daleiden Was A Friend Of James O’Keefe Of Veritas Visuals. According to the Claremont Conservative, “James O’Keefe is a friend of David Daleiden”s (sic) (CMC’11). O’Keefe and Hannah Giles have been going coast to coast documenting instances of ACORN employees willingly giving advice on how […]

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MEMO: Sunny California, Dark Money: Walker, Cruz, Huckabee Cozy Up To Kochs, ALEC

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Eddie Vale
RE: Sunny California, Dark Money: Walker, Cruz, Huckabee Cozy Up To Kochs, ALEC
DATE: July 22nd, 2015

After last weekend’s Trumped-up circus in Iowa, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz are taking the Republican cattle call circuit behind closed doors in sunny San Diego, California.  Unfortunately for the middle class, this isn’t your ordinary speech-a-thon:  it’s the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Koch-powered bill mill where corporate interests meet policymakers in secret to find ways to warp the public interest in favor of bigger profits.

The Kochs have been involved in ALEC for “decades” and donated an “untold amount” of money along with chairing the board.  After years of building influence and padding their bottom line, ALEC is reaping the benefits of being part of the Koch primary and hosting Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee this week as they seek to boost […]

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You’re only as good as the company you keep…

House and Senate Republicans are excited to be able to attack a woman’s right to choose and birth control again now that they think they got that whole pesky “legitimate rape” thing out of the way.

But as the ghost of Todd Akin still roams the hill they are aligning themselves with a whole new group of extremists – including those who condone violence against doctors and clinics – that are also supporting the political hit job on Planned Parenthood.

As Congress continues down this extreme anti-choice path they are likely to be looking back at the further damage they have done to their standing with women and wish they had found a way to shut this whole thing down.

Politico — Republicans have sought to use the videos to revive the debate over abortion, which has been largely dormant since former Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments derailed his 2012 bid for […]

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