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 …

Southwest Airlines, Chevron, 1-800 Contacts And Other Corporations Amongst Sponsors of ALEC Annual Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this week from August 14-16. A list of sponsors for the event was provided to Documented, and is listed below. It features some companies, including Southwest Airlines, and the giant insurance company Chubb, not previously known to have funded ALEC. With …

Mitch McConnell to headline fundraiser alongside Daniel Cameron, GOP nominee for Kentucky Attorney General

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to appear at an August 23rd fundraiser for the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), alongside the Republican nominee for Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. Cameron is looking to become the first Republican Attorney General in Kentucky since 1948. A copy of the invitation was obtained by Documented (see …

Heartland said that Fidelity Charitable Sponsored its Climate Denial Event At Trump Hotel, It Didn’t says Fidelity

UPDATE – Since this posted, Heartland has now removed the logo for Fidelity Charitable from their list of event sponsors. The annual gathering of climate deniers, organized by the Heartland Institute, is due to take place Thursday this week in Washington D.C..  The 13th “International Conference On Climate Change”, named to resonate (or confuse) with …

Rudy Giuliani, Personal Lawyer to the President, Presented at Private Coal CEO Retreat

Every summer, U.S. coal company CEOs meet up in Bristol, Virginia to discuss the future of their industry, mingling with major institutional investors and invited political guests. The Coal & Investment Leadership Forum held its eight annual event from June 2-4, 2019. A copy of the agenda and guest list for this year’s event, which …

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” …