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Formerly known as Allen-Bradley Foundation, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (LHBF), was established in 1942. According to The Foundation's 1998 Annual Report and a 2011 report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation gives away more than $30 million per year.[1]

Harry was one of the original charter members of the far right-wing John Birch Society, along with another Birch Society board member, Fred Koch, the father of Koch Industries billionaire brothers and owners, Charles and David Koch.[2]

According to the Milwaukee “from 2001 to 2009, it [Bradley] doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined.” [3]

According to the Media Transparency web site, the Foundation's "resources, its clear political agenda, and its extensive national network of contacts and collaborators in political, academic and media circles has allowed it to exert an important influence on key issues of public policy. While its targets range from affirmative action to social security, it has seen its greatest successes in the areas of welfare 'reform' and attempts to privatize public education through the promotion of school vouchers...

"The overall objective of the Bradley Foundation, however, is to return the U.S. -- and the world -- to the days before governments began to regulate Big Business, before corporations were forced to make concessions to an organized labor force. In other words, laissez-faire capitalism: capitalism with the gloves off.

"To further this objective, Bradley supports the organizations and individuals that promote the deregulation of business, the rollback of virtually all social welfare programs, and the privatization of government services. As a result, the list of Bradley grant recipients reads like a Who's Who of the U.S. Right ... Heritage Foundation ... Madison Center for Educational Affairs ... American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, literary home for such racist authors as Charles Murray (The Bell Curve) and Dinesh D'Souza (The End of Racism), former conservative officeholders Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, Jack Kemp and William J. Bennett, and arch-conservative jurists Robert H. Bork and Antonin Scalia...[4]

"Other Bradley grantees include ... Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation" ... Potomac Foundation, the MacIver Institute and Encounter Books. [5][6]

An ALEC Ally in Wisconsin

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is a Milwaukee-based private grant-making organization that gives approximately $30 million in grants to various right-wing causes each year.

Foundation president and chief executive Michael Grebe served as the chair of Governor Scott Walker's 2010 Gubernatorial campaign. He led transition efforts and is currently chairing Walker's campaign committee for the 2012 recall election.

Within days of Walker’s 2010 election, he met the board and senior staff of the Bradley Foundation at Milwaukee’s elite Bacchus Restaurant. Two weeks later, the Bradley-funded MacIver Institute published an editorial calling for Walker and the legislature to end collective bargaining for public employees and attack private unions by making Wisconsin a “Right to Work” state.

The MacIver Institute received $360,000 from Bradley in its first three years of existence, and is currently running the “It’s Working!” ads with Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which has also been funded by Bradley.

Among other things, Bradley has focused its funding efforts on programs to divert tax dollars from public schools to private entities via “voucher” programs that undermine public education. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bradley poured $20 million into the effort to bring so-called “school choice” vouchers to Milwaukee, and has spent countless sums supporting groups that aim to expand the program across Wisconsin. These anti-public education initiatives are also advanced by ALEC.

According to the Bradley Foundation’s annual reports, it gave $145,000 to ALEC in 2009 and 2010 for initiatives including ALEC’s “Budget Reform Education Project,” the “Donor Freedom Project,” and the “Budget Reform and Transparency Project” (The Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report is not yet available.) ALEC also thanked the Bradley Foundation in its 2011 “State Budget Reform Toolkit” for funding the publication, which promotes a number of templates that have been embraced by ALEC members in Wisconsin. [7]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Exposé

A 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outlines how the Bradley Foundation spent over $350 million over ten years, including $234 million on conservative causes and $79 million to universities around the United States. [8]

The report found that 32% of the $350 million total was spent in Milwaukee, with another 20% being spent in Milwaukee, 9% in Chicago and the rest spread between Washington and the rest of the country.

The top 30 grant recipients received a combined $155 million, including:

Ties to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Foundation president and chief executive Michael Grebe also served as the chair of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2010 Gubernatorial campaign. He also led transition efforts and will serve as chair again in Walker's 2011 recall election. He conducted interviews personally at the cabinet level of the Walker administration. Grebe is currently chair of “Friends of Scott Walker.” [9]

In 2010, the MacIver Institute, which is funded by the Bradley Foundation, posted an op-ed pushing for a repeal of collective bargaining rights. The article read: " Two simple but fundamental steps to kick start the Wisconsin economy and get our state budget mess resolved would be to repeal collective bargaining for public employees and to make Wisconsin a right to work state, giving private sector workers the choice of whether they want to pay union dues in their workplace." [10]

The MacIver Institute and Americans for Prosperity spent millions defending Walker in his 2011 recall election. Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brother funded political group, received $600,000 from the Bradley Foundation from 2004-2010.

The Center for Union Facts, an anti-union organization, received $1.55 million between 2007-2010 from the Foundation, and spent heavily to support Walker and smear teachers unions with an anti-union website during the fight over collective bargaining rights in 2011.

Funding for Charter Schools

The Bradley Foundation is a top funder for groups affiliated with charter schools nationwide. Its top recipient is the Charter School Growth Fund, a group that provides start up money for new charter school nationwide.

The second largest recipient for the group was Partners Advancing Values in Education, another charter school advocacy group. [11]

Funding Islamophobia in the United States

Research from the Center for American Progress (CAP) indicates that LHBF has funded various organizations and individuals contributing to an anti-Islamic hysteria in the United States. Between 2001 and 2009 LHBF has contributed $5,370,000 to various Islamophobic groups, including the Center for Security Policy, the Middle East Forum, and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.[12]

Public Endorsements

"The reason that I am so happy that my friend Mike Grebe is here and Mike Joyce and others from The Bradley Foundation is because "Foundation America" must be a part of the revitalization of our communities as well. And The Bradley Foundation has always been willing to see different solutions. They have been willing to challenge the status quo. They say where we find failure, something else must occur. And the Foundation not only has been kind and generous with its donations, the Foundation also has been willing to help people think anew, and I appreciate you all coming. I am honored you're here and thanks for your good work." – President George W. Bush,speaking at the Bradley Foundation-supported Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ, Milwaukee, July 2002. [13]

Controversial Recipients of Bradley Foundation Grants

In 2004 $33,332,537 in grants were awarded. [14]

According to Right Wing Watch, the Bradley Foundation is given grants to highly controversial individuals: "Bradley has supported and in some cases, had to defend controversial right-wing recipients of their grants, particularly Charles Murray and Dinesh D'Souza. Charles Murray - Murray, author of "The Bell Curve," which argues that intelligence is predicated on race, and "Losing Ground," whose thesis is that social programs should be abolished. Murray's work was so controversial and objectionable that the right-wing Manhattan Institute, supported by Bradley and for which he worked, asked him to leave. However, the Bradley Foundation stood by him because Murray, according to former Bradley President Michael Joyce, "is one of the foremost social thinkers in the country." Bradley extended Murray's $100,000 per year grant when he went to the American Enterprise Institute. Dinesh D'Souza - D'Souza, in his book, "The End of Racism," attempts to absolve Whites from discrimination against Blacks during slavery, claiming that Blacks were too uncivilized to be a part of society anyway."[15]

Funding for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

The Bradley Foundation gave the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute a $2.8 million start-up grant in 1987, and by 2010 it had given the institute a total of $16.5 million. The Bradley Foundation’s Michael Joyce launched his attack on progressivism in the Winter 1994 issue of Wisconsin Interest, the publication of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. [16]

Funding the MacIver Institute

From 2008- 2010 the MacIver Institute, a relatively new and increasingly influential think tank, received $360,000 from the Bradley Foundation. [17]

Funding the American Legislative Exchange Council

Between 2009 - 2010 the Bradley Foundation gave $145,000 in grants to the American Legislative Exchange Council. [18]

About ALEC

ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


Affiliated Organizations

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty [19] Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Infiltration of Academic Institutions

According to Right Wing Watch: "Bradley has made right-wing inroads in academia by establishing chairmanship positions, undergraduate and graduate programs, fellowships, and whole departments at many prestigious universities including: Boston College, Boston University, Bowling Green State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Marquette University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California- Berkeley, University of California- Los Angeles, University of California- San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, and Washington University- St. Louis." [15]

Prize Recipients

2005

Board of Directors and Personnel

Board of Directors (2005)

Officers

Former staff

Contact

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
P.O. Box 510860
Milwaukee, WI 53203-0153
Phone: 414 291-9915
Fax: 414 291-9991
Web: http://www.bradleyfdn.org

From website:[22]

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Lion House
1241 North Franklin Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202-2901
(414) 291-9915
Fax: (414) 291-9991

Other SourceWatch Sources

External links

  • Bruce Murphy, Neoconservative clout seen in U.S. Iraq policy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel On-line, April 5, 2003. Article connects link between Bradley-funded think tanks and U.S. pre-emptive policies in the Middle East.
  • Salim Muwakkil, Neocon Convergences, In These Times, June 3, 2003. "Foundation has forged a link between a neo-imperialist foreign policy and a neoracist domestic policy."

References

  1. Media Transparency The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. - Funder profile, accessed March 15, 2011
  2. Lee Fang How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Campaign, ThinkProgress, February 21, 2011
  3. Barbara Miner, Wisconsin's Progressive Tradition at Stake in the Recall Election, JS Online, May 14, 2012
  4. Media Transparency The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. - Funder profile, accessed March 15, 2011
  5. Media Transparency The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. - Funder profile, accessed March 15, 2011
  6. Lee Fang How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker’s Union-Busting Campaign, ThinkProgress, February 21, 2011
  7. ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State, ALEC Exposed, May 2012
  8. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, Ben Poston. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 28, 2011.
  9. Barbara Miner, Wisconsin's Progressive Tradition at Stake in the Recall Election, JS Online, May 14, 2012
  10. Brian Fraley. The MacIver Institute. November 24, 2010.
  11. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, Ben Poston. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 28, 2011.
  12. Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir, Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, CAB, August 2011.
  13. Lynde ad Harry Bradley, Right Wing Watch, accessed November 30, 2011
  14. Lynde ad Harry Bradley Foundation, Right Wing Watch, accessed November 30, 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, accessed November 15, 2011
  16. Barbara Miner, Wisconsin's Progressive Tradition at Stake in the Recall Election, JS Online, May 14, 2012
  17. Barbara Miner, Wisconsin's Progressive Tradition at Stake in the Recall Election, JS Online, May 14, 2012
  18. Annual Reports, The Bradley Foundation, accessed May 14, 2012
  19. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Right Wing Watch, accessed November 30, 2011
  20. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Right Wing Watch, November 20, 2011
  21. Jason Stein Scott Walker names key figures to his transition team: Bradley Foundation's Michael W. Grebe and real estate exec John Hiller get posts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel November 5, 2010
  22. accessed 2011-07-15
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