The Census Project: A Case Study in “Nonpartisan” Advocacy

The Beltway is currently going through a minor influence spat over the possible nomination of Thomas Brunell, a University of Texas at Dallas political science professor, as deputy director of the Census Bureau. Politico raises the concerns of an ostensibly “non-partisan” organization, the Census Project: “If true, it signals an effort by the administration to politicize the census,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, former co-director of the Census Project, an…

Noting “A Note for Foundation Representatives” from the Democracy Alliance

In mid-November, the Democracy Alliance held its invitation-only Fall Investment Conference at the luxurious La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.  The Alliance is a consortium of liberal and progressive donors that has been active, financially and otherwise, in orchestrating the activities of a permanent infrastructure for the left since 2004, as reported by InfluenceWatch.  It has conservative analogues.  Its members offer support to, among other organizations, political campaigns and…

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