Joseph Vazquez is a Staff Writer/Research Analyst for MRC Business
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, Fox News, Breitbart, Life News, CBN News, NRL News Today, Students for Life, Savage Nation and The Mark Levin Show. Follow Joseph on Twitter: @JV3MRC
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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.
New Yorker contributor Jonathan Franzen wants people to stop pretending that the climate change apocalypse isn’t just around the corner. He argued there is no hope of stopping it, but people need to “redefine” hope in his bleak vision of the future.
Liberal billionaire George Soros has already spent $8,520,000 on lobbying this year, including cash for a gun-control effort, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Through his Open Society Policy Center Soros’ money helped advocate the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) that protects gun companies from lawsuits related to crimes committed with firearms.
Even 2,600 pages of tax returns weren’t enough for Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer to be truly transparent. The liberal hedge fund billionaire and “Impeach Trump” activist released the documents on a campaign webpage labeled “Transparency,” but it wasn’t enough — even for the liberal Los Angeles Times.
A new liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group linked to the liberal House Majority PAC intends to spend millions on TV and digital ads to help Democrats maintain control of the House of Representatives. Internal Revenue Service rules stipulate that 501(c)(4) organizations cannot make politicking the primary purpose, yet the new group plans to devote 94% of its 2019 budget to ads.
A day before the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic debate, The New York Times published a story about liberal billionaire Tom Steyer that boosted his narrative of being an “outsider” and a “populist” seeking reform. The Times original headline supported that narrative by describing Steyer as someone trying to “get money out of politics.” As noted by the Election Law Blog, that headline read: “Tom Steyer Is Spending Millions to Get Money Out of Politics.”
Canadian “rabble-rousing leftist” Naomi Klein told Democratic National Committee leaders “must” change official rules and allow a televised debate on climate change. The Intercept senior correspondent wrote on Aug. 21, DNC leaders need “to act like we’re in an emergency.” The appeal came during a DNC meeting in San Francisco.
“Hottest month in human history” has a certain ring to it. But some scientists say that ring isn’t true. The liberal media, always on the lookout for ways to demand action on climate change, latched on to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, claiming July 2019, was the “warmest on record for the globe.” The United Nations claimed the same thing on Aug. 1, which also generated media histrionics.
Recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, prompted left-wing anti-gun groups to go on a $2-million advertising binge calling for gun control. Liberal media mogul Michael Bloomberg’s group Everytown for Gun Safety led the pack of gun-control advocates with nearly half that spending.
As #TrumpRecession trends on Twitter and the liberal media panic over a “coming economic meltdown,” economist Art Laffer took a different view. The former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan told Fox News that he wasn’t currently worried. “I’m not at, right now, concerned about a recession,” Laffer told America’s Newsroom. “We have great policies in. This administration has done a great job on taxes, on monetary policy, on regulatory policy.”
Pro-abortion researchers trying to convince the FDA to remove abortion pill restrictions had financial support from billionaire investor Warren Buffett, according to a new Live Action News investigation. Live Action released a report Aug. 11, showing that Berkshire Hathaway CEO Buffett funded the study through his foundation and that, much earlier, he was one of several investors in the company that developed the abortion pill mifepristone.
Building what The Atlantic once described as the “biggest political machine you’ve never heard of” paid off big for liberal billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer. He announced early on Aug. 13, that he met the 130,000 donor threshold for the September debates. “Just one more qualifying poll stands between us and that stage!” he added. Each candidate must have 2 percent support in four separate national or early state polls. Steyer currently has three, according to CNBC.
Liberal billionaire and 2020 Democratic candidate Tom Steyer stepped down from a prominent left-wing think tank last month due to his presidential bid, according to CNBC. Steyer was deeply involved with Center for American Progress for at least 9 years. CNBC reported Steyer was director of CAP’s board since 2010 before resigning July 9. Steyer had been distancing himself from “outside entities that could be seen as giving his campaign an advantage,” said CNBC.