Mary Bottari

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Mary Bottari is the director of the Center for Media and Democracy's new Real Economy Project [1]. She helped launch CMD's award-winning ALEC Exposed investigation in 2011 and is a recipient along with Lisa Graves of the Hillman Prize for investigative journalism. [2]

Bottari has expertise in global trade and finance issues. She spearheaded CMD's work on the 2008 Wall Street meltdown and subsequent attacks by right-wing politicians on organized labor and working families. When too-big-to-fail financial service institutions collapsed the global economy in 2008, Mary launched CMD's BanksterUSA website. At a time when the public was upset about the $700 billion TARP bailout bill, the Bankster project downloaded Federal Reserve data to publish one of the first tallies, program by program, showing that the Federal Reserves Wall Street Bailout was approaching $5 trillion [3] During the financial crisis, Mary contributed to the board of the Wall Street watchdog group, Americans for Financial Reform. For many years, she has contributed to the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a trade advisory group made up of consumer organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Previously she was, according to an official biography, "Director of Global Trade Watch's Harmonization Project," a project of Public Citizen. "The Harmonization Project investigates, documents and tracks the impact of global trade agreements on domestic regulatory activity at the federal, state and local level. Under the leadership of Ms. Bottari, the Harmonization Project has been instrumental in bringing trade and regulatory conflicts in the areas of public health, food safety and the environment to the attention of the public and media, and in encouraging citizen involvement in the process. Prior to coming to Global Trade Watch, Ms. Bottari had a long career in government service-most at the state and federal level, most recently as press secretary for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI). She has an M.A. degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political sociology from Bryn Mawr College." [4] She is married to John Nichols. [5]

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