Bradley Foundation Watch

Bradley Foundation Watch

Targeting One of the Largest Funders of Right-Wing Causes in America


Bradley Foundation Grants

Grants from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Bradley Impact Fund 2005 – 2017

Grant Recipient State Year Amount


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The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is among the largest funders of the right-wing propaganda machine in the country. Their influence in Wisconsin cannot be underestimated.

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Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests examine union and pension battles for potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker and Chris Christie.

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Joy Reid and One Wisconsin Now's Scot Ross look at how the Supreme Court obliterated post-Watergate campaign finance protections against "big money" trying to buy American elections.

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Governor Walker has access to an ungodly amount of money. His campaign co-chair runs the $500 million right wing funding Bradley foundation. His largest donor is the wealthiest woman in Wisconsin.

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This report exposes the web of right-wing funders advancing a radical school privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups, with special focus on the Bradley Foundation, headed by Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe.

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Fast food workers in Milwaukee went on strike this week demanding a doubling of the minimum wage. How successful will their efforts be as they join a growing movement for better pay? Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.

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Thanks to reporting done by The Grio's Joy Reid and the advocacy organization One Wisconsin Now, Melissa Harris-Perry is able to name names for 'This Week In Voter Suppression” in exposing the foundation behind billboards that splashed false information on voter fraud.

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When Scot Ross heard about more than a dozen billboards going up in largely minority neighborhoods around Cleveland, Ohio, bearing ominous images of the legal penalties for voter fraud, the story had a familiar ring.

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Scot Ross of "One Wisconsin Now" joins Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests to dig into the details on the Bradley Foundation, what is called the "big granddaddy of political money that no one knows about."

  • Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty Plans Growth in Face of Democratic Administration

    “It’s a pretty dramatic expansion,” said Mike Browne of One Wisconsin Now — a liberal group that clashes frequently with WILL.

    Capital Times, 03/28/2019
  • Republicans, Touting Conservative Study, Warn Against Medicaid Expansion

    Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now revealed Williams offered to advise former Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/20/2019
  • WMC Putting on Pre-Election Corporate Special Interest Pep Rally for Gov. Scott Walker

    The state’s largest corporate special interest lobbying outfit, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, is hosting a pre-election pep rally for Scott Walker today.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/09/2018
  • Report: Bradley Foundation Has Spent $154 Million on Higher Education Agenda

    Bradley Foundation Underwrites Efforts to Suppress Student Speech on College Campuses, Funds University Professors to Generate Promotional Propaganda.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/18/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now Database Exposing Bradley Foundation Funding of Right-Wing Propaganda Machine Goes Live Online

    One Wisconsin Now is shining a light on one of the biggest funders of the right-wing propaganda machine, the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/04/2018
  • Latest Conference Hosted by Tommy Thompson Center Continues Promoting the Right-Wing Agenda on the Public Dime

    The Tommy Thompson Center is designed to apply a veneer of academic respectability to the right-wing agenda they’re promoting.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/26/2018
  • Gov. Scott Walker Campaign Chair Helped Fund Project Veritas Sleaze

    IRS records show a Milwaukee based fund gave significant financial support to James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/30/2017
  • At Least 925,000 Reasons Why Right-Wing Florida Group Produces Campaign-Style Video Promoting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Scott Walker's 2018 Election Bid Kicks Off With Bradley Foundation Once Again Writing Checks to Support His Ambitions.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/20/2017
  • Records Expose Right-Wing Agenda of Latest Academic Center on University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus

    Right-wing politicians and academics are using tax dollars and chasing more money from right-wing foundations to promote their ideological agenda.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/12/2017
  • University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Threatens Students Free Speech

    The UW Board of Regents is poised to codify as policy the provisions of potentially unconstitutional legislation to restrict free speech on UW campuses.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/04/2017
  • Follow the Money: A Handy Guide to Some of the Organizations on the School Choice Gravy Train

    One Wisconsin Institute compiled a list of the organizations that have been funded by the far-right Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee.

    Diane Ravitch, 09/06/2017
  • ICYMI: Gov. Scott Walker’s Favorite Right-Wing Foundations Funding Gov. Scott Walker’s Favorite Professor

    Noah Williams has received grants worth $340,000 from right-wing mega funders Koch and Bradley Foundations this year.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/01/2017
  • UW-Madison’s New CROWE Think Tank Funded by Koch, Bradley

    One Wisconsin Now revealed that in February, 2015, Williams used his UW-Madison email account to offer “economic analysis and advising” to Walker.

    Capital Times, 08/31/2017
  • No Politics at $900 Million Right Wing Bradley Foundation?

    Internal documents leaked and reported on by the media have invited new scrutiny of the activities of the $900 million Bradley Foundation

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/18/2017
  • Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Front Groups of Discredited PR Spin Doctor Richard Berman

    Bradley even has an enemies list. The groups are a mixture of good government groups, media groups, public relations firms, and funding organizations.

    Center for Media and Democracy, 05/09/2017
  • One Wisconsin Now ‘Proud’ to Be the Wisconsin-Focused Group on Bradley Foundation ‘Enemies List’

    We are proud to have made the Bradley Foundation’s enemies list and we have every intention of remaining on it.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/05/2017
  • Hacked Records Show Bradley Foundation Taking Its Conservative Wisconsin Model National

    An internal Bradley document compiles... an enemies list, of sorts. Making the list were two Wisconsin groups, One Wisconsin Now and the Center for Media and Democracy.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/05/2017
  • Why Would Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Chair Host Fundraiser for Walker Recall Petition Signer John Humphries? Follow the Money.

    John Humphries pledged his loyalty to Michael Grebe’s agenda to take money from public schools and give it to private voucher schools in exchange for support.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/19/2017
  • Conservative Legal Group Announces States’ Rights Initiative

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said the new center and the Bradley Foundation don't represent the state's citizens and their needs.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/11/2016
  • GOP Insider Rick Graber to Lead Bradley Foundation

    "He certainly checks Bradley's biggest boxes," said Scot Ross, head of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, which closely tracks the foundation.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/24/2016
  • Right-Wing Bradley Foundation Spent $108M to Privatize Public Education

    A major new report from One Wisconsin Institute finds that the Bradley Foundation spent more than $108 million to privatize public schools in Wisconsin.

    Diane Ravitch, 01/05/2016
  • Gov. Walker’s Campaign Co-Chair Terms Attack on Public Ed. in Wisconsin an ‘Accomplishment’

    Michael Grebe called draining hundreds of millions in public tax dollars away from public schools for unaccountable private schools an “accomplishment.”

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/18/2015
  • Bradley Foundation’s Radical Education Privatization Campaign Rolls On

    Updated research exposing the right-wing Bradley Foundation’s spending over $108 million in support of education privatization from provides some answers.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/17/2015
  • P Is for Payoff

    The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is among the largest funders of the right-wing propaganda machine in the country. Their influence in Wisconsin cannot be underestimated.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/14/2015
  • Bradley Foundation Primary in Full Swing

    Michael Grebe may have failed to elevate Scott Walker as a contender on the national stage, but he has multiple suitors who’d like to have his support.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/10/2015
  • Bradley Foundation Head Michael Grebe to Retire

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe will be stepping down from his post no later than June 30, 2016.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/23/2015
  • Michael Grebe to Retire As CEO of Bradley Foundation

    Michael Grebe took the $800 million-plus he controlled as head of the Bradley Foundation and integrated it into the fabric of state and national GOP politics.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/22/2015
  • Muslim Advocate: Scott Walker Is ‘enabling ISIS’ With ‘radical Islam’ Rhetoric

    One Wisconsin Now suggested Walker's message was driven by the conservative Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, whose president is Walker's presidential campaign chairman.

    Capital Times, 08/29/2015
  • Walker Taps Chair of $830 Million Right-Wing Bradley Foundation to Head Presidential Campaign

    The Bradley Foundation, with over $830 million in assets, its largesse insulates Walker from criticism by the vast network of leading right-wing influence peddlers that Bradley finances.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/10/2015
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Panders on Pet Project of Wisconsin Money Badger Michael Grebe

    Add U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to the list of politicians seeking to feed at the education privatization cartel’s trough.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/19/2015
  • Bradley Foundation Plays Key Role in Setting Stage for Scott Walker Presidential Run

    "The Bradley Foundation millions have bought Scott Walker an insurance policy from criticism by the intellectual right," said Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now.

    Associated Press, 06/13/2015
  • Before Walker Run, a Conservative Foundation Set the Stage

    The Bradley Foundation millions have bought Scott Walker an insurance policy from criticism by the intellectual right.

    Associated Press, 06/12/2015