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January 3, 2012

Follow The Money...Again (A Short Note)

On the editorial pages of today's Tribune-Review we find two (2) columns, each Scaife Foundation connected, each Foundation connection unmentioned.

Imagine that.

Here's the first.  It's written by David Rivkin and it's about the Obama Administration's pushback against Arizona's Immigration Law.  But that's beside the point.  Here's how Rivkin is described at the foot of the piece:
David Rivkin served in the Justice Department during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Joe Jacquot is a former deputy attorney general of Florida and former chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on immigration.
HOWEVER, when you do a little digging, you'll find that David Rivkin is also "Senior Fellow and Co-Chair, Center for Law and Counterterrorism" at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has been the beneficiary of some serious Scaife Foundation money:
  • $200,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2010.
  • $150,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2009.
  • $250,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2008.
  • $250,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2007.
  • $200,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2006.
  • $275,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2005.
  • $125,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2004 .
By my count that's $1.45 million in Scaife money and not a peep about any of it from Scaife's paper.

Then there's the second column.  It's written by Grace-Marie Turner and she's described at the foot of the column this way:
Grace-Marie Turner is president and founder of the Galen Institute, which is funded in part by the pharmaceutical and medical industries.
Wanna know who else funds the Galen Institute (in part)?

You guessed it:
  • $35,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2010.
  • $35,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2009.
  • $50,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2008.
  • $50,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2007.
  • $35,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2006.
  • $35,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2005.
  • $35,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2004.
By my count, that's $275,000 in Scaife money and not a peep about any of it from Scaife's paper.

This is how the Right Wing Noise machine works.

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