We Track Corporations and PR Spin
|The Center for Media and Democracy publishes SourceWatch to track corporations.
We provide well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who "front" corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Please visit SourceWatch's sister websites EXPOSEDbyCMD, to find our investigations and original documents we release, PRWatch, to read our original reporting, and ALECexposed, to see our award-winning investigation of a corporate front group where corporate lobbyists actually vote as equals with elected legislators on "model" legislation to change our rights.
Also, please check out the in-depth research from around the world by our partner projects within SourceWatch: Coal Swarm, and FrackSwarm.
Follow the Bills!
Thousands of resources on the American Legislative Exchange Council are part of the Sourcewatch wiki. In ALEC's own words, corporations have "VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.
Visit ALEC Exposed for more.
Follow the Studies!
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Launched in January 2020, GEM Wiki is a new resource sponsored by Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy. From 2008 to 2019, the two organizations sponsored the CoalSwarm and FrackSwarm portals on SourceWatch. These resources, comprising over 17,000 footnoted pages, have now been combined into a single wiki platform devoted to information on fossil energy, climate, and the clean energy transition.
Visit GEM Wiki for more.
Follow the Money!
Visit Koch Exposed for more.
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