Bridge Project is dedicated to exposing the conservative movement's dishonest tactics, dismantling its extreme ideology, and shining light on the moneyed special interests that fund it.
In recent years, conservatives have made a strong push for ideological purity within their ranks. The result is a movement committed to Tea Party economics, blind to any empirical evidence that discredits their beliefs, and fiercely opposed to almost any form of compromise. Even Republican officials have conceded that President Ronald Reagan would not meet the rigid standards of today's conservative movement.
This shift has coincided with a rapidly increasing flow of money to conservative advocacy groups. For many years, contributions to right-leaning nonprofit organizations from wealthy individuals and donor foundations have flown largely under the radar. But many of those ideological advocates have become nakedly partisan and heavily involved in elections, while the emergence of super PACs has pushed conservative political giving to unprecedented levels. In 2012, conservative outside groups will spend more money than Mitt Romney or the Republican National Committee to elect their chosen candidates.
We believe that entities with so much influence over the political process should be held to the same standards as politicians running for office. However, unlike political candidates, the conservative groups and funders driving the right will not disappear after the election. That is why Bridge Project is committed to keeping a watchful eye on the "conservative movement," pushing back against false attacks and radical rhetoric, and following the money behind an agenda that would take America backward.
With your help, we will hold conservatives accountable for putting their extreme ideological goals above the values and best interests of the American people.