Joseph Vazquez

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Staff Writer/ Research Analyst


Joseph graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2018. In June, 2019, he completed an exclusive fellowship with the Hertog Foundation, where he participated in their "Nuclear Strategy and World Order" program. He now works as a research analyst covering dark money, campaign finance, economics and business news for MRC Business. His work has been featured on Drudge Report, Breitbart, Life News and The Mark Levin Show. Follow Joseph on Twitter: @JV3MRC

Email: jvazquez@mrc.org

Latest from Joseph Vazquez

Spending millions on his own campaign, is liberal billionaire Tom Steyer drawing into question his goal of getting money out of politics? Steyer spent a whopping $47 million “during the first three months of his presidential bid” (84 days), which “places him on track to join the biggest self-funding political candidates in American history,” The Los Angeles Times reported October 16.



It is interesting to see liberal outlets like CNN singing the praises of nonprofit news outlets like ProPublica and Texas Tribune, particularly because these entities happen to have been funded almost exclusively by some of the biggest liberal organizations, including organizations from George Soros’ Open Society Network.



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has had a smorgasbord of problems to deal with in the last few months, including death threats. Now, big-name liberals from mega-donors to media elites and Hollywood circles are trying to oust him from office by packing his primary challenger with campaign cash.



When the media cites a research report, consumers expect them to at least have read it first. Multiple liberal outlets cited researchers from the European Society of Cardiology, who stated that their June study showed evidence that men drinking within six months before fertilization could lead to an increase in congenital heart defects in children (CHDs).



The Hill pulled its punches when it reported liberal mega-donor 2020 candidate Tom Steyer's recently released economic plan, which included “election reform measures, a wealth tax and a mandatory minimum wage hike.” The Hill reported Oct. 7 one of Steyer’s biggest ambitions in his economic plan: “Steyer, a billionaire philanthropist, calls to repeal Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that allowed for unlimited spending on campaigns.”



Another Supreme Court LGBTQ-agenda showdown is in the works. A crucial case dealing with whether the term “sex” in The Civil Rights Act of 1964 can be expanded to include “sexual orientation” is being spearheaded by the George Soros-funded American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).



Liberal media outlets have promoted liberal billionaire 2020 candidate Tom Steyer as a “patrician populist” who has decried “‘the corporate stranglehold on democracy.’” But Steyer is also currently the top federal spender to outside groups this cycle. According to data from Open Secrets, Steyer is the top federal contributor to outside groups. In total, he contributed $21,063,557 to liberal causes in the 2020 election cycle, outspending eight of the top conservative donors ($19,710,327).



Liberal media outlets have a bad habit of trying to find an excuse to tie the issue of race and gender into multiple issues. A new New York Times piece claimed in its headline that “The Fed, long dominated by white men, is trying to change.” The Times reported: “The Federal Reserve’s research staff is far less diverse than the American population it is meant to serve, a reality that the central bank is trying to change as a reckoning over inclusion sweeps through the economics profession.”



Liberal billionaire and Planned Parenthood financier Melinda Gates has pledged $1 billion to support “gender equality,” and the liberal media is eating it up. The philanthropist wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stated that “over the next ten years, I am committing $1 billion to expanding women’s power and influence in the United States,” according to Time magazine on October 2.



While liberal billionaire and 2020 Democrat candidate Tom Steyer is focused on taking the White House, his group Need to Impeach is looking to further his impeachment agenda.



Presidential candidate and liberal billionaire Tom Steyer unveiled a climate plan that included $200 billion for Global Green New Deal Fund.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, may be surging in polls, but CNBC found Wall Street Democratic donors ready to pull support if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president.

 


While 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has become the face of the climate strike movement, it's no longer gatherings of children. A litany of well-funded, left-wing activist groups have partnered to generate a week of climate protests known as the “Global Climate Strike:” Sept 20, through 27, bookending the U.N. climate conference.



In a jaw-dropping comparison, even for campaign rhetoric, liberal mega-donor and 2020 Democratic candidate Tom Steyer compared his multimillion impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump to fighting Nazis.

 


Although children may be the face of the global climate strike that have spawned a media frenzy, several left-wing billionaires have also helped promote the cause. The ongoing, youth-led global climate strikes which took place again on Sept. 20, partnered with several organizations connected to liberal billionaires George Soros, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, and media mogul and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.



Fossil fuel divestment is a waste of time. At least, according to liberal billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates.



So much for transparency. Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer claims he has a commitment to transparency. But the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told the government he could not disclose hundreds of millions of dollars worth of assets. After his filing with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, The Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay reported that Steyer “declined to go into detail about significant segments of his investment portfolio, citing confidentiality agreements.”



The left-wing Women’s March organization is going through a major leadership shift, adding seventeen new liberal board members while severing ties with a few prior leaders. The New York Post reported on Sept. 16, that left-wing activist Linda Sarsour and co-chairs Tamika Mallory and Mari Lynn “Bob” Bland were leaving leadership roles with the Women’s March.



While the liberal media attack business leaders they disagree with, they are happy to help promote CEO calls for action when that action furthers the liberal agenda. That’s what The New York Times and CNN did by promoting CEO demands for gun control legislation on Sept. 12. Crediting business leaders, the Times claimed “The market is demanding action — and businesses are listening.” 



Given ABC’s choice of debate moderators, the likelihood of left-wing bias during the ABC/Univision Democratic debate is already well established. But it turns out, at least 29 executives from ABC, or parent company Disney, have donated to Democratic candidates.