Liberal ProPublica Gets Thumbs-Up

Liberal ProPublica Gets Thumbs-Up from John Oliver

By Aly Nielsen

John Oliver wants his viewers to “support actual journalism” and not be taken in by inaccurate, biased media. But the sources he recommended are liberal journalism endeavors funded by prominent left-wing donors.

On Last Week Tonight Nov. 13, Oliver encouraged his viewers to donate “to groups like ProPublica, a nonprofit which does great investigative journalism.”

His reasoning was that “things will not be ok” if people “don’t get actively involved to at least mitigate Trump’s damage.”

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But far from being an unbiased source of news, ProPublica is tied to a host of liberal donors who promoted radical climate change policy, funded abortion, demanded a $15 minimum wage, and supported the Clinton Foundation.

Herbert Sandler, a banker who made his fortune selling “tricky home loan” options that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, founded ProPublica in 2007. Sandler still serves on ProPublica’s board and gave it at least $37,750,000 through The Sandler Foundation. He co-founded The Sandler Foundation with his wife in 1991.

Sandler also funds other liberal groups like Center for American Progress, the ACLU and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Clinton Campaign chairman John Podesta’s leaked emails which indicated Sandler was paying Podesta $7,000 a month in exchange for “advice on grant-making” beginning in February 2015, according to Politico.

Other liberal foundations also donate to ProPublica. The Ford Foundation has given $3,450,000, the Marisla Foundation has given $1,250,000 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $1,000,000, George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society gave $725,000, and Tom Steyer’s TomKat Charitable Trust gave $200,000.