Wealthy Individuals and Families Financed State GOP Groups, New Filings Reveal

New IRS filings reveal that billionaires including Steven Cohen, Sheldon Adelson, Joseph Craft and the wealthy DeVos family backed state level Republican 527 groups with millions of dollars  in the month leading up to and the weeks following the 2018 election. As 527 political organizations, Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) …

ENERGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AMONG SPONSORS OF ALEC POLICY MEETING

Despite numerous corporations distancing themselves from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over its controversial agenda, dozens of corporations and groups are sponsoring ALEC’s “States and Nation Policy Summit” taking place this week in Washington, D.C.. The list of sponsors appeared in a series of slides during the live feed of the event’s opening lunch, …

Koch-backed “grassroots” organization mostly funded by just five big donors

The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which presents itself as a “grassroots organization”, received 86% of its funding in 2017 from just five big donors. This detail is contained in a recent report prepared by the organization’s auditor, CapinCrouse.   As a 501(C)(4) social welfare organization, Americans for Prosperity is not required to disclose the names …

Trump flying in to help Republican Senate candidate Housley raise cash in Minnesota

U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley, lagging in the polls, is set to receive fundraising support from President Trump on October 3rd at an event in Rochester, MN. According to a copy of the invitation, which was obtained by Documented, the first priority of her campaign is gathering funds to pay herself back money she lent …

Department of the Interior Ignores Scientists to Appease Oil Industry on Endangered Beetle

Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior has used “unsound science and poor ethics” in an attempt to cut protections for an endangered species of beetle, according to top scientific experts involved in the matter. The species at issue is the American Burying Beetle, whose last remaining habitat includes choice onshore oil and gas fields. This has made …

Interior Department’s Vincent DeVito – the documents

Vincent DeVito is a Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior on Energy Policy. He was appointed by Ryan Zinke on May 1, 2017. The following source documents reveal Vincent DeVito’s hand in policy actions taken by the Department of the Interior meant to benefit the coal and oil industries. This page contains all relevant materials …

Koch Industries among major donors to GOP Attorneys General Group for 2018 Election Cycle

The latest financial report for the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has been filed (see below). It reveals numerous corporations, top executives, and their trade groups donating a total of $4,537,553 to ensure Republican state attorneys general candidates are financially backed heading into the 2018 election cycle. According to the report, which covered the first …

Interior Secretary Meeting with Coal Industry Lobby Group Board of Directors

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will speak to a room full of coal executives in Phoenix, Arizona at the National Mining Association (“NMA”) Spring Board of Directors meeting, according to a tweet from the keynote speaker of the event, Jim Carroll. This morning, I’ll do a keynote for the CEO’s of …

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry Holds “Special DC Fundraiser” at Trump Hotel

Jeff Landry, the Attorney General of Louisiana, and likely 2019 Republican Gubernatorial candidate, held a Washington D.C. fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel in January. A copy of the event invitation was provided to Documented.   For Landry, the motivation to hold the fundraiser at the Trump hotel may be political. He is expected to …

Republican State Attorneys General Group Held 2017 Holiday Party at Trump Hotel

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), an industry-backed group that spends millions of dollars each cycle to back the election of Republican attorneys general, celebrated its December 2017 holiday party in style at the Washington D.C. Trump International Hotel. The details were contained in an invitation to the event provided to Documented, and confirmed in …