Public Notice

Public Notice, a/k/a SG C4 Trust, is a well-funded member of the Koch network. The group received over $15 million from Koch-linked nonprofits between 2009 and 2012.[1] The group’s director, Gretchen Hamel, “previously worked as program leader for TC4 Trust, the Koch-linked group that [had] been the largest funder of Public Notice.”[2]

The group “is predominantly involved in promoting austerity policies to reduce the national debt and cut Social Security and Medicare.”[3] One of the group’s initiatives in this regard is called Bankrupting America, “which highlights government spending and regulation as the cause of the nation’s fiscal woes.”[4] However, in March 2014, the group was “pressed into service” as an opposition research organization.[5] As explained by investigative reporter Paul Blumenthal,

“Public Notice hadn’t before publicly engaged in direct political activity or targeted specific Senate campaigns. Its involvement in opposition research on Senate candidates and super PACs appears to be a change in tactics to help the broader fight waged by the lead Koch group, Americans for Prosperity.”[6]

[1]Koch group’s IRS report unlocks a few mysteries.” Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak, The Center for Responsive Politics, 9/18/13

[2]Koch-funded network jumps to defend billionaire brothers against Democratic attacks.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 3/28/14

[3]Koch central bank Freedom Partners distributed millions in dark money in 2013.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 9/18/14

[4]Nonprofit funneled money to Kochs’ voter database effort, other conservative groups.” Viveca Novak, Robert Maguire, and Russ Choma, The Center for Responsive Politics, 12/21/12

[5]Koch-funded network jumps to defend billionaire brothers against Democratic attacks.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 3/28/14

[6]Koch-funded network jumps to defend billionaire brothers against Democratic attacks.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 3/28/14