Corporate backed think tank network received large cash injection in 2018 as it ramped up lobbying of Trump Administration

The State Policy Network (SPN), a Virginia-based think tank network with deep ties to major corporate donors, saw a massive 26% jump in revenue in 2018, coinciding with the group playing an increasing role lobbying Congress and the Trump administration.  In recent years, donors to SPN have included entities in the Koch network, Peabody Energy, …

ALEC invites Trump Cabinet Officials to Winter Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has invited Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to its annual States and Nation Policy Summit that will take place next month in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 4 – 6, 2019, according to an event invitation obtained by Documented via a state open records …

Kate MacGregor

Political Appointees at the Department of Interior have given special treatment to ex-clients of their boss, David Bernhardt, the oil lobbyist turned Secretary of the Interior.  SUMMARY Top Interior political appointee Katherine Macgregor, soon to be confirmed as Deputy Secretary, helped a former client of Secretary David Bernhardt secure oil and gas drilling permits from …

Wisconsin Governor Appoints Climate Denier and ALEC Energy Chair to Task Force on Climate Change

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the legislative appointment of Wisconsin State Rep. Mike Kuglistch to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The task force will be charged with developing a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and will be comprised of more than 30 members, including other state lawmakers, …

Trump Officials and Lawmakers Participated in Coal Association Board Meeting

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a trade association and lobbying group representing the coal industry, hosted top officials in the Trump Administration and politicians during its 2018 board meeting, according to an agenda obtained by Documented. The event featured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee, then-EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator in …

ALEC Energy Task Force Members Uncovered

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force has been the source of a number of “model” bills and resolutions introduced in state legislatures across the country that benefit the fossil fuel industry and weaken environmental protections. A registration list obtained by Documented from a FOIA provides a …

Corporate-backed Group launches multi-million dollar 2020 Republican Gerrymandering Project

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), backed with millions of dollars in corporate funding, is launching a new redistricting project to help Republicans draw district maps that will advantage the GOP over the next decade. The Right Lines 2020 project, launched this week, will focus attention on the RSLC target states, which are Florida, Georgia, …

Why has the Non-Profit National Center for Housing Management Given $235k to The Trump-Supporting Youth Group, Turning Point USA?

The National Center for Housing Management (NCHM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 1972 by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), tasked with developing standards and providing training to providers of affordable housing in the United States. In 2016, the year Trump was elected, it provided Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a group with …

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 …

Revealed: ALEC Annual Meeting Attendees. List includes Trump Administration and 2020 Campaign Officials

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) keeps any lists of its members and donors secret from the public. Very rarely have reporters seen the details of who state legislators are meeting with at ALEC meetings. Which is what makes this significant. A list of 1,413 attendees for the ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting, which took place …