Rachel Maddow Goes After Right-Wing Group Targeting Labor Professors
Yesterday, we wrote about a right-wing think tank that's targeting Michigan labor professors who might have typed words like 'Wisconsin,' 'Madison,' 'Scott Walker' or... curiously... 'Maddow.' in their emails. (TPM reported the story originally.) The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which is funded by the ubiquitous, union-busting Koch Brothers, filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for any emails sent during state time, on state computers, Naturally, labor professors would very probably be discussing the events in Wisconsin -- they'd be bad teachers if they didn't -- but the inclusion of the word 'Maddow' in the FOIC search raised red flags.
Rachel Maddow followed up, inviting Mackinac backers -- including Charles Koch and The Walton [Wal-Mart] Family Foundation -- to appear on last night's show and discuss the FOIC request. Neither responded, but that wasn't surprising. More interesting was the response of another Mackinac backer, The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation -- who claimed not to know what they were talking about, before hanging up the phone. But, of course, there's more; watch the clip below.