Posted inInterior

David Bernhardt Photographs

David Bernhardt was picked to replace Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior in January of 2019. Prior to joining the Department, Bernhardt was a lobbyist for oil, gas, and mining interests. Ethics rules prohibit him from meeting with a long list of former clients. Here are a series of photos of David Bernhardt […]

Posted inCampaign Finance

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) […]

Posted inALEC

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, […]

Posted inKoch

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 […]

Posted inOil and Gas

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 […]

Posted inRAGA

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 […]