The Scoop on Koch Funding of The Josiah Bartlett Center, Despite Denials by Charlie Arlinghaus & Grant Bosse
Dueling op-eds in the Concord Monitor expose the Josiah Bartlett Center for defending Koch web of influence, even as they receive funding from Koch family fortune
Concord, NH – In his Sunday column in the Concord Monitor last week, the Josiah Bartlett Center’s Grant Bosse attempted to discredit Granite State Progress and its work to expose corporate influence in the Granite State. That attempt instead landed Bosse and Josiah Bartlett Center President Charlie Arlinghaus in a public lie over whether they receive Koch funding.
In his column, “Obsession with the Koch brothers clouds the left,” Bosse ridicules Granite State Progress and others for concern over the vast influence of Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries. Bosse also downplays the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which allows corporations to vote on bills then introduced in state houses across the country. ALEC model legislation specifically seeks to benefit corporate bottom lines – generally at the expense of everyday Granite Staters.
Comparing concerns over such influence to conspiracy theories, Bosse writes:
“Of course, I could be so wrapped up the Kochs’ web that I don’t even know it. I asked Charlie Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center – where I worked for the past four years and where I’m currently helping research New Hampshire budget issues – if he was part of the vast, secret Koch Empire. “They don’t give us money, but I wish they would,” Arlinghaus responded.” (Grant Bosse: Obsession with the Koch brothers clouds the left, March 17, 2013)
In an op-ed in the Monitor today, however, Granite State Progress exposes that the Bartlett Center does, indeed, receive Koch funding for the policies they promote:
“In the March 17 Sunday Monitor, the Josiah Bartlett Center’s own Grant Bosse derided Granite State Progress for being concerned about ALEC. A little background: When Granite State Progress first started talking about the Koch brothers and ALEC, we expected to get push back from Koch’s lead group, AFP. Instead, we were surprised to see the Josiah Bartlett Center rush to their defense. It didn’t take long to figure out why: The Josiah Bartlett Center is part of the conservative State Policy Network, which is funded by Charles and David Koch via the “Donor’s Capital Fund.” Financial filings show that the Bartlett Center also received direct funding from a Koch-run foundation – despite President Charlie Arlinghaus and Bosse’s assertions that it did not.” (My Turn: In fact, ALEC’s influence isn’t benign, March 22, 2013)
The Josiah Bartlett Center routinely weighs in on legislation with ties to the Koch brothers, both in policy discussions and in the media. Bartlett Center staff does not register as lobbyists and sometimes even goes so far as to represent themselves as journalists while publicly testifying at the State House.
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