Inside the right-wing lie factory: Secrets of a Koch-funded propaganda machine more insidious than Fox News - 2016-04-30

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F358.png Inside the right-wing lie factory: Secrets of a Koch-funded propaganda machine more insidious than Fox News April 30, 2016, Jeff Nesbit , Salon

At the start of 2008, the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity had a budget of zero dollars. Its legal home was the taffy shop in Medora. By 2009 the Franklin Center's budget had jumped to $2.4 million, according to IRS tax records. That's a spectacular leap for a nonprofit, especially in Medora.

It was almost as if someone wished to utilize the charter concept of the Franklin Center—developing individual but interlinked news centers across the United States that would all promote the same messages—for other purposes and therefore infused it with a mountain of funding and network support. Intriguingly, this was a year before the Tea Party movement seemingly sprang from nowhere and spread like a prairie fire to the thirty-nine state capitals where the Franklin Center now operates its news sites.

The Franklin Center has a second address—a post office box in Bismarck, North Dakota, where mail is forwarded east to Old Town Alexandria, near Washington, DC. North Dakota law requires that nonprofits have a "physical address," not just a forwarding address or a post office box. So, for years, the Franklin Center's registered agent was at the taffy shop, while the mail was forwarded from the UPS store in Bismarck.

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