Coal Giant Murray Energy Had Affiliation with Individuals Connected to Ohio Coal and Nuclear Bailout Legislation Bribery Scheme

A newly surfaced document reveals an affiliation between coal giant Murray Energy and two individuals connected in a $60 million bribery and racketeering scheme. Documented is the first to report Murray Energy’s previous relationship with individuals connected in the case. Jeffrey Longstreth, a longtime political aide to former Ohio State House Speaker Larry Householder, and …

Trump visits oil billionaires, Republican donors as part of Texas campaign stop

Trump is visiting Midland, TX today to visit an oil rig owned by Double Eagle Energy. State and federal campaign finance data show that Double Eagle executives Cody Campbell and John Sellers are major donors to Republican causes, including the Trump re-election campaign. Despite making more than a billion dollars in the oil and gas …

Front Group Created by Lobbying Firm Worked Alongside Trump Administration to Gain Support for NEPA Rollbacks from Republican Governors

A campaign dubbed “Building a Better America” worked behind-the-scenes, alongside the Trump Administration, to seek out support from Republican Governors for rolling back the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Building a Better America is a 501(c)(4) entity run by two lobbying firms that share many of its staff, 50-State LLC and GuidePost Strategies, and …

ALEC Legislator Tells Constituents to “STOP GETTING TESTED” for Coronavirus

Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale said in a Facebook post on Tuesday to “STOP GETTING TESTED.” The Huffington Post first reported on the post.  The Huffington Post reported Vitale has previously said he would not wear a mask because they cover the “image and likeness of God” and falsely claimed there are “many studies that exist …

Corporate-Backed ALEC Creates Secret Internal Project to Work on Redistricting and Election Issues

Updated on June 17th, 2020 to include details of the “process working group” meeting during the 2019 States and Nation Policy Summit. More than a year before the 2020 election, the GOP-dominated and corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) created a secret working group that would address redistricting, ballot measures, and election law. The working …

William Perry Pendley’s Fossil Fuel Funding

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt named William Perry Pendley as deputy director of policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management in July of 2017. Since then, Pendley has served as acting head of the Bureau, with Bernhard extending his tenure by Secretarial Order in May of 2020. Interior is now facing multiple lawsuits that …

Oil Execs on Trump’s “Opening the Country Council” Lost Millions for Shareholders, Spent Millions on Politics and Lobbying

On April 14, 2020, President Trump named almost 200 corporate executives and republican insiders to an advisory council on the coronavirus. The council is set to advise Trump on when and how to re-open the economy, and gives its members a formal role in advising economic policy. Trump described their role this way: “These bipartisan …

ALEC Joins “Save our Country” Coalition Pushing to Lift Pandemic-Related Restrictions

Update: FreedomWorks issued a press release on April 27, 2020 formalizing the coalition. The coalition’s website outlined members of its National Leadership Council, including ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson, Trump Advisor Stephen Moore, and the Council for National Policy Vice President Bill Walton. The website also lists dozens of “steering committee members,” including former head of …