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” …

David Bernhardt’s Ex-Lobbying Clients Met 70 times with Interior Department Appointees

  A new analysis from Documented has found that from 2/15/17 to 10/1/18, there were at least 70 meetings between top DOI political appointees and entities listed on Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s ethics recusal letter. The analysis demonstrates that despite legally binding ethics pledges, Bernhardt’s one time lobbying clients have few fetters on their …

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 …

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) …