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CMD's Mary Bottari Wins National Award for Tracing the Money Behind Plot to Kill unions


The Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of, are happy to announce that our reporter Mary Bottari won the March Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation for her article “Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Multi-Decade Plot to Kill Public Sector Unions,” published by In These Times. The award recognizes journalism in the public interest.

The Supreme Court is currently deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could decimate public sector unions in America. The lead plaintiff, Mark Janus, is an Illinois child-support worker who ostensibly doesn’t want to pay union fees, but the money and strategy behind the lawsuit came from a network of right-wing think tanks and foundations profiled in SourceWatch.

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