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 …

Bills Targeting Anti-Pipeline Activists in Seven States in 2020, so Far

State legislative sessions are underway across the country. Already, seven states will consider legislation that would criminalize climate activists protesting oil and gas pipelines. The bills closely follow model legislation promoted by the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Greenpeace PolluterWatch project, which closely tracks the measures and cites analysis by the International Center …

Records Show corporate-backed think tank network lobbying against Medicare For All

The State Policy Network (SPN), the coordinating group for a network of corporate-friendly state-level think tanks, lobbied the federal government against Medicare for All, according to recently filed lobbying disclosure records reviewed by Documented. In addition to its lobbying efforts against Medicare for All, SPN has worked in recent years to encourage public sector workers …

Ohio Senate Unanimously Passes ALEC Model Legislation Allowing Hate Speech on College Campuses

State senators in Ohio voted unanimously on Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 to approve legislation entitled the Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act. The text of the bill contains significant overlap in the language that appears in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation, which is also entitled the FORUM Act.  While ALEC …

Dozens of ALEC Members Revealed in Emails obtained by Documented using the Florida Sunshine Law

The names of dozens of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members, including both Florida state legislators and lobbyists representing corporations and special interest groups, are listed in three different ALEC membership and registration lists obtained by Documented. ALEC does not publicly disclose any lists of its membership other than its board members. The three new …

Top Interior Official MacGregor Tied to Offshore Oil Industry

This week, Marco Rubio removed a hold on the Senate’s confirmation vote for the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Rubio first enacted the hold weeks ago because Kate MacGregor, the nominee, favors opening the waters off of Florida for offshore drilling. An analysis by Documented featured in the Miami Herald shows Sen. Rubio has cause …