Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter with free market think tanks associated with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. He has also written for the Daily Caller, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, NetRightDaily.com and NewsBusters.

The Russian Collusion Story the Media Ignores

 

Last week, a congressional committee released a jarring and persuasive report on Russian meddling in American politics. Despite a media feeding frenzy over anything tangentially connected to questions of Russian interference, this report went largely unnoticed. The U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s “Russia’s Social Media Meddling in U.S. Energy Markets” details Russian funding […]

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Hillary and Lamar: A Meeting of Minds on Russian Collusion

 

While allegations of the Donald Trump campaign colluding with Russians to alter the presidential election outcome remain unproven at best, a clear money trail and U.S. intelligence reports demonstrate Russia’s active campaign of funding U.S. environmental groups. On March 1, U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), released a report […]

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How to Get Information Out of the EPA

 

In January 2012, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Environmental Protection Agency asking for copies of correspondence between the EPA and various green groups active in the Marcellus Shale region. The request was filed on behalf of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, the parent company of Watchdog.org. […]

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A Big Victory for Property Rights in Virginia

 

Property rights took a significant step forward in Virginia earlier this month when the “Boneta Bill,” which protects farmers and other residents from heavy-handed zoning policies, officially became law. The bill grew out of a dispute between Martha Boneta, who owns and operates the sixty-four-acre “Liberty Farm” in Paris, Virginia, and local government officials. Liberty […]

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Why Should Unions Forcibly Collect Dues When They Spend Them on Politics?

 

Take a good look at the LM-2 financial disclosure form for the Illinois-Indiana health care affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. That’s what Jennifer Parrish, a Minnesota child care worker, did a few days prior to today’s Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn. The LM-2 form is divided into three categories: representation activities, […]

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Louisiana Tea Party Candidate Looks to Expose Landrieu, GOP Establishment

 

Unless the Republican Party nominates a candidate in step with Louisiana’s conservative convictions, incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu will be re-elected later this year. That’s what Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel, told TAS in an exclusive interview. Although Congressman Bill Cassidy is widely viewed as the Republican frontrunner in the open election on […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Empowers Voters to Strike Down Racial Preferences

 

When Sandra Day O’Connor wrote her majority opinion in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger Supreme Court decision, she explicitly said that voters had every right to strike down race and gender preferences. That’s important because the news media does not typically report on this part of the decision. O’Connor also ruled in Grutter that the University […]

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Questions for Chris Christie at CPAC

 

Governor Chris Christie did not attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last year. The official story is that Christie was not invited because he was open to some form of gun control. But it’s reasonable to suspect that CPAC and Christie both had something to gain from his absence. CPAC could placate certain constituencies […]

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Offering Thanks to Newsbusters and Matt Sheffield

 

One of the most effective, savvy voices in conservative media belongs to my long-time friend Matt Sheffield. He was responsible for creating and launching “Newsbusters,” a web site devoted to monitoring and exposing liberal media bias. Matt just announced that he will be leaving his post at the Media Research Center (MRC), which now operates […]

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Lawsuit Targets Allegedly Abusive Anti-Scott Walker Prosecutors

 

Wisconsin conservatives who backed Gov. Scott Walker in his budgetary battles against public employee unions have filed a lawsuit challenging the actions of prosecutors in Milwaukee. Activists with the Wisconsin Club for Growth claim they were harassed and victimized by prosecutors who abused their position to orchestrate a legal assault on conservatives, according to the […]

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