Jen Rubin has the story about the New York Times's water-carrying for David Callahan, a co-founder and senior fellow at the left-wing group Demos. Callahan's op-ed in the Times on April 4 criticized the Koch brothers for their funding of 501c(4) groups, which don't have to disclose their funding. Rubin points out the factual innacuracies Callahan makes while pointing out the audacity of the his attack, since Demos does not seem to disclose its donors:
But once again, the only thing transparent about these left-wing front groups is their organized attack on the Koch brothers. This one was particularly sloppy and assisted by an all-too-eager New York Times that tends to gobble up these anti-Koch stories with not much fact-checking.
There’s nothing wrong, I suppose, in not listing your donor. But then it takes some nerve to take on others whose giving is actually much more widely known.
There's something else, though. Demos has never disclosed its donors, but one of its co-founders and original trustees was none other than the young Illinois state senator Barack Obama, who as president has been very critical of non-disclosure groups. Obama criticized the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, saying that it will invite a "new stampede of special interest money" into the political system. He also said during last year's election that "secret donors'" money could be flowing into Republican coffers. Recently, some of his own allies have started their own non-disclosure political action committees.