A large country like the U.S. will always have people with fringe viewpoints. But given the way that money can now buy influence and access, it's easier for extremists to shape public life. Robert Mercer is Exhibit A.
With Trump in the White House, lots of funders have been lining up to support immigrant populations. But what about the other side? Here's a look at how philanthropy has been engaged to keep newcomers out.
It's often hard to know what strings are attached to campus gifts since the agreements between universities and donors are rarely made public. Foes of Koch higher ed giving are demanding more transparency.
The funding flowing to white supremacist nonprofits is limited, and mostly it's given anonymously. We dig into the finances of three organizations working to make America white again.
Koch backing of the anti-poverty group Stand Together is part of a larger shift toward a kinder and gentler philanthropic profile—after years of bad press. Now, NFL star Deion Sanders is in the mix.
Derwood S. Chase, Jr. is another donor who's following the right's playbook of investing in both national and state policy groups, and sticking with grantees over the long haul.
After a big recent infusion of funds, this leading conservative funder embraced a larger, more activist agenda, with a focus on winning influence for the right in state capitals—and the broader culture.
Amid public criticism, more Koch higher ed philanthropy has a "feel good" component. But the mission of advancing free market principles remains dominant.
Flying below the radar, the Davis family doesn't get much press, but their sizable resources support a steady stream of giving to conservative think tanks, universities, and national defense research.
Maybe it's time to stop thinking about academia as a bastion of liberalism—since barely a month goes by when we don't hear news of another campus conservative gift. Here's the latest big one.
Much has been written about the background and policy views of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. We examine DeVos’ philanthropy.
We've written before about Fieler and his opposition to the Common Core standards. Well, he's also funding a wide range of efforts aimed at promoting traditional values.