ALEC invites Trump Cabinet Officials to Winter Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has invited Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to its annual States and Nation Policy Summit that will take place next month in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 4 – 6, 2019, according to an event invitation obtained by Documented via a state open records …

Wisconsin Governor Appoints Climate Denier and ALEC Energy Chair to Task Force on Climate Change

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the legislative appointment of Wisconsin State Rep. Mike Kuglistch to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The task force will be charged with developing a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and will be comprised of more than 30 members, including other state lawmakers, …

Trump Officials and Lawmakers Participated in Coal Association Board Meeting

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a trade association and lobbying group representing the coal industry, hosted top officials in the Trump Administration and politicians during its 2018 board meeting, according to an agenda obtained by Documented. The event featured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee, then-EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator in …

ALEC Energy Task Force Members Uncovered

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force has been the source of a number of “model” bills and resolutions introduced in state legislatures across the country that benefit the fossil fuel industry and weaken environmental protections. A registration list obtained by Documented from a FOIA provides a …

Fossil Fuel Industry Pushed Legislation Criminalizing Pipeline Protestors, Emails Show

In May 2017, petroleum refiner and pipeline operator Valero Energy placed a phone call to then-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, asking for support on HB 1123. The measure increased criminal penalties for those who trespass on a “critical infrastructure facility,” including pipelines, refineries, storage facilities and electrical power generating facilities.  “They think it will help deter …

Murray Energy CEO to Host Trump Fundraiser

Robert Murray, CEO of the coal company Murray Energy Corporation, will host a private fundraising event for President Trump in Wheeling, West Virginia on July 24, 2019, according to an event invitation obtained by Documented.  The event has been widely reported. Documented is the first to publish the invitation to the event as well as …

Oil Refinery Lobbyists Drafted Letter for Governors to Support Rollback in Fuel Standards

The oil refinery lobbying group American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) drafted a joint Governors’ letter “vigorously” supporting the Trump Administration’s proposed rule that would rollback Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and asked for signatures from the Governors of Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.  The email correspondence, obtained by Documented through a public records …

New ALEC Membership List Names More Legislators Tied to the Group

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A membership list detailing the names of more than 200 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) reveals dozens of legislators not previously associated with the group. The list of members on the ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development (CIED) task force, was obtained by Documented through an Ohio public records request. The CIED …

Republican Attorneys General Group Hosting “Oil and Gas Summit”

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The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), which receives substantial funding from numerous fossil fuel industry entities, will host an “oil and gas summit” in Houston, Texas on Monday, April 8. A copy of a  heavily redacted draft agenda, obtained by Documented via a pubic records request from the North Dakota Attorneys General office, outlines a …

ALEC Loses Members, Drops Spring Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will not hold its long-standing Spring Task Force Summit, according to an email obtained by Documented through a state public record request. The event was one of three annual ALEC events where lawmakers and corporate lobbyists gather at high-end hotels to vote as equals behind closed doors on “model” …