A Chilling Effect

N.Y. comptroller trying to force disclosure of political spending by corporations to cut off funding for conservatives
Thomas DiNapoli / AP

New York state is quickly becoming ground zero in the fight over free speech and corporate political spending as a top state official with ties to left-wing campaign finance reform groups attempts to pressure private companies into making their political contributions public.

Chuck Hagel’s Shadow Campaign

Pro-Iran group has donated $2.1M to pro-Hagel nonprofits, media outlets
Hagel AP

Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel sits on the board of a pro-Iran organization that has given millions of dollars to leftwing nonprofits and mainstream media outlets, organizations that are now leading the charge to support his nomination.

MMFA and DOJ in Cahoots

Nonprofit and government agency coordinate attacks
MMFA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has collaborated with the progressive media-monitoring group Media Matters for America to counter negative coverage of the Department, the Daily Caller has reported.

House Boy Blues

Report: Husband of Democratic donor accused of sexually harassing domestic worker
Patricia Bauman, John Landrum Bryant / Getty Images

A former domestic worker for a major Democratic donor and socialite has accused her husband of sexual harassment.

Sins of Omission

ProPublica ‘exposé’ failed to disclose own donors’ lack of disclosure
ProPublica

A recent ProPublica investigation into political nonprofits failed to disclose that one of the organization’s donors is a significant player in the world of “dark money” advocacy, while other contributors maintain deep ties to 501(c)4 groups supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign.

The Third Gun

New book claims FBI cover up of third gun in murder of border patrol agent
Email

The Department of Justice is using the liberal “watchdog” group Media Matters for America to deflect questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, including those regarding a gun that might have been used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.