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THREAD: Today, Kenney wants to talk about foreign money influencing Albertan politics. Since the right is now all in on this, let's talk about some of their foreign cash. #ableg #canpoli
Let's explore just one angle, so I don't turn full Vivian Krause. Jason Kenney's BFF and author of the UCP platform: Mark Milke. Below is a screenshot of his Fraser Institute bio. Found here: fraserinstitute.org/profile/mark-m…
What jumps out at me is the Fraser Institute, Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation (Some of you might already see where I'm going with this)
The common denominator with a lot of these groups is money from... the Koch Brothers. Yes, the very same Kochs who pour billions of dollars behind the Republicans to influence American politics (read anything by @JaneMayerNYer) #canpoli #ableg
An important thing to point out here is that the Koch brothers have a seemingly endless number of foundations and organizations (a screenshot with some of them is attached). I only quickly looked at the Charles Koch Foundation and the Atlas Network.
For the sake of time, let's only look at the Fraser Institute where Milke worked from 2010 to 2015. #ableg #abvote

Attached you will see a now-deleted page from the UCP platform with their sourcing. (Lots of Fraser Institute, Vivian Krause and not much else)
According to US tax documents (Form 990PF), in 2010, the Fraser Institute accepted $150,000 from the Charle Koch Foundation. #ableg #canpoli #abvote
According to US tax documents (Form 990PF), in 2011, the Fraser Institute accepted $150,000 from the Charle Koch Foundation. #ableg #canpoli #abvote
According to US tax documents (Form 990PF), in 2012, the Fraser Institute accepted $115,000 from the Charle Koch Foundation. #ableg #canpoli #abvote
According to US tax documents (Form 990PF), in 2014, the Fraser Institute accepted $300,000 from the Charle Koch Foundation. #ableg #canpoli #abvote
According to US tax documents (Form 990PF), in 2015, the "Frasier" Institute accepted $26,000 from the Charle Koch Foundation. (It has the same address as the Fraser Institute, so likely a typo) #ableg #canpoli #abvote
So, if you are paying attention, that's $591,000 just while Milke worked there and only from one of the many Koch foundations. (Quick someone call Vivian!) #ableg
Below are screenshots of some of the other connections I found with the other organizations listed above. A common connection is the Koch funded Atlas Network (that name even sounds like a conspiracy theory)
Notedly, the Atlas Network partners with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms led by Jason Kenney's other BFF John Carpay. Here's a link to research someone else did on their money: north99.org/2018/01/26/far…
This thread isn't intended to be a grand smackdown. Its goal is to point out that the conversation we are having about foreign money is pretty crazy given the millions of dollars funnelled into Canada each year to push conservatives further right.
If we are using the Krause standard of scrutiny, this money should outrage Jason Kenney and Vivian alike. But it doesn't because they are just using the research as rhetoric to channel the very real economic anxiety of Albertans towards another losing court battle. #ableg #abvote
It's not honest and it's not helpful to Albertans. Let's be a little more serious about the way we treat Albertans who are anxious about the economy. Declaring war on anyone who disagrees with you is not the answer. #ableg #abvote
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