Two reporters who cover Alaska legislative news are leaving their news organizations to start a news bureau for an ideologically driven, progressive news organization backed by some of the biggest names in dark money in politics, the Arabella Advisors and the Hopewell Fund.
The journalists, Andrew Kitchenman of KTOO and James Brooks of the Anchorage Daily News, are launching a States Newsroom bureau.
States Newsroom was started by journalist-activists in North Carolina for whom the mainstream media is not progressive enough. Using money from groups such as the Hopewell Fund, which is a spinoff of the Arabella Advisors, States Newsroom is one of many avenues that progressives have for controlling the information and news narrative. States Newsroom also has funding from a donor-advised fund whose backers are secret, through Fidelity Charitable, where donors receive tax deductions for these and other political activities.
Influence Watch, a website that discerns the motives for various power brokers, describes States Newsroom thus: “States Newsroom (formerly the Newsroom Network) consists of a number of left-of-center media outlets that cover state-level politics and policy and a Washington, D.C. bureau that claims to focus on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court decisions that specifically affect the states.
“Before 2019, the Newsroom Network was a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, a left-of-center 501(c)(3) funding and fiscal sponsorship nonprofit managed by the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy firm Arabella Advisors, which manages multiple high-dollar left-leaning philanthropic organizations. In 2019, States Newsroom re-branded and received independent nonprofit status. A past job posting by States Newsroom referred to the organization as a ‘progressive political journalism startup.’”
The States Newsroom organization created a number of its own websites that it activated during the 2020 national election cycle, which critics say were intended to shape public opinion against President Trump. Those sites include:
- Arizona Mirror
- Colorado Newsline
- Florida Phoenix
- Georgia Recorder
- Idaho Capital Sun
- Iowa Capital Dispatch
- Kansas Reflector
- Louisiana Illuminator
Capital Research Center reported that Hopewell’s larger “sister” group, New Venture Fund operates from the same office as Hopewell and funds many of the same projects. That fund has received at least $3.9 million in grants from George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society.
The New Venture Fund, which is Soros-backed, is one of the top Arabella Advisors nonprofits. So is the Sixteen Thirty Fund. That fund poured $150,000 into support for progressive candidates in Alaska in the 2020 election cycle, and another $35,000 to get Forrest Dunbar elected mayor of Anchorage.
According to the research by CRC, that is how Arabella operates. It shuffles large sums of money among these subsidiary nonprofits, which grant the funds out to further the cause. Hopewell’s largest grant in 2019 was $17.4 million, the year that States Newsroom was incubated as its own 501(c)(3).
“Hopewell itself is funded by numerous left-wing mega-donors, including the Tides Foundation, ‘dark money’ Proteus Fund, and Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation—all major donors to the Left’s top political causes. The idea that a product of this partisan, ideologically driven ‘dark money’ network is an unbiased and trustworthy news source is ridiculous,” CRC reported.
“Arabella specializes in taking huge donations from ultra-wealthy liberal donors like George Soros and the Ford Foundation to create ‘pop-up’ groups like States Newsroom—websites meant to fool consumers into believing they are standalone organizations,” CRC reported. In fact, the groups that pay for the reporting coming out of States Newsroom are hardcore progressive engines.
States Newsroom doesn’t disclose its funding, because they are laundered through the various donor-advised funds and charities. Their news product is available free for all to use, with attribution, which means this reporting from the new Alaska bureau will add to the already hyper-liberal news ecosystem in Alaska.
“Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission,” the organization states on its website.
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