Energy Secretary Perry Will Headline Event at D.C. Steakhouse “Presented” by Coal Lobby

President Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry will headline an event at a Washington, D.C. steakhouse hosted by RealClearPolitics. The post describes the event as “presented by” two coal lobbying groups, the National Mining Association (NMA) and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). According to the most recent financial disclosures filed with the IRS, obtained …

David Bernhardt Met With API in a Second Undisclosed Meeting

Official documents released by the Department of the Interior reveal that acting Secretary David Bernhardt met with the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Denver, Colorado, on July 26, 2018. Bernhardt was the Deputy Secretary of the Interior at the time. According to travel forms that track travel expenses paid by non-Federal entities, API bought Bernhardt …

FOIA Documents Show EPA Air and Radiation Head Continued Meeting With Industry He Once Represented

Bill Wehrum, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation and a former industry lawyer, continued to meet with fossil fuel interests regulated by the agency, according to five months of scheduling records from 2018 obtained by Documented. While the EPA makes some calendars for senior staff publicly available, including …

Oil Lobby Targeted Republican Governors in Support for Roll Back in Fuel Standards, Emails Show

Last month, the New York Times published an in-depth investigation detailing the oil industry’s efforts to build support for the Trump Administration’s proposed rule that would roll back Obama-era corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) aimed at curbing climate change. New emails obtained by Documented reveal similar efforts by the oil refinery lobbying group, American …

LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL LANDRY TO HOLD FUNDRAISER AT TRUMP D.C. HOTEL WITH VP PENCE AS SPECIAL GUEST

Jeff Landry, the Louisiana Attorney General, and a prominent supporter of President Trump’s southern border wall strategy, is to hold a D.C. fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel on January 30th, according to a copy of the event invitation obtained by Documented. According to the invitation, Vice President Mike Pence is to be a special …

Fact-Checking ALEC: Where Do Its “Model” Bills Come From?

Last fall, Marathon Petroleum lobbyist Stephen Higley teamed up with climate change denier Myron Ebell on a “model” resolution for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) praising President Trump’s “energy and environmental policy accomplishments.” The purpose of “model” resolutions in ALEC is for legislators to introduce them in statehouses across the country to declare the …

Email Correspondence Reveals Marathon Petroleum’s Efforts to Gain State Support for Fuel Economy Rollback

Email correspondence obtained by Documented through a state open records request revealed Marathon Petroleum’s behind the scenes effort to gather approval for the fossil fuel-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) “model” resolution attacking Obama-era CAFE standards. The Obama administration plan curbed  vehicle emissions that contribute to climate change. Documented first reported on Marathon Petroleum’s membership …

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 …