The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) is quite the active and vocal group, often participating in events with the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s (IPAA) public relations campaign called Energy-in-Depth (EID).
JLCNY has now transformed itself from what was a supposedly a Grassroots organization to an Astroturf one, by aligning itself with Americans for Prosperity (AFP).
Let’s start connecting the dots with AFP. (Related: JLCNY Is Now Officially A Koch Fracking Front Group)
Per Sourcewatch: Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests founded in 2004 by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts.
Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, have spent over $67,000,000 from their family foundations on groups who have denied the existence or extent of global climate change, promote fossil fuel use and block policies that promote clean energy development.
AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Kochs’ other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment. Accordingly, AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create.
Koch Family Foundations consist of the David H. Koch Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, and the Knowledge and Progress Fund.
Organizations funded by the Koch’s include the Cato institute, Heritage Foundation, The Washington Legal Foundation, University of Chicago, University of Kansas Endowment Association, Heartland Institute, and the Mackinac Center. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST.
Brian Kennedy Per: NATURAL GAS: BP, others push against federal regulation of fracturing, Brian Kennedy is cited as a spokesman for Energy-In-Depth.
“This language seems to be a restatement and endorsement of policies and procedures the industry has been following for decades, as mandated by federal, state and local laws,” said Brian Kennedy, a spokesman for Energy-In-Depth. “To the extent the language helps clarify the existing framework and highlight its overwhelming success to date, it could be a valuable educational tool moving forward.”
- Senior Managing Director Strategic Communications: FTI Consulting
- Former Senior Managing Director: FD Americas-Public Affairs
- Former Communications Director: former Rep. Richard Pombo R-CA
Rep. Richard Pombo lost his re-election bid in 2006 to Jerry McNerney.
“Environmentalists opposed Pombo for efforts to rewrite species protections and increase oil drilling in Alaska and off-shore while fundraising from industry groups. He also faced questions about ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in a congressional influence peddling scandal.”
- Former Aide – House Committee on Natural Resources
- Staff Member – Rep. John Boehner R-OH :Rep. John Boehner R-OH was Minority Leader in 2008. He became House Speaker in 2010. (see also Boehner Maintains Significant Investments In Companies Tied To The Keystone XL Pipeline Project)
- Co-Founder – Institute for Energy Research (IER), DC office
Thomas Pyle, is now the President of the American Energy Alliance (AEA) and the Institute for Energy Research (IER). These are “partner” organizations.
In 2000, Pyle and other Republican staffers were sent to Florida to shut down the recount. Pyle is in the lower left, wearing the dark shirt. At that time, Pyle was working for the now former Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX).
Pyle took a spin through the revolving door, and found employment as a lobbyist for the National Petroleum and Refiners Association and for Koch Industries.
In 2008, Pyle founded the American Energy Alliance (AEA) and its partner organization, the Institute for Energy Research (IER).
Per Sourcewatch: AEA states that its aim is to “create a climate that encourages the advancement of free market energy policies” and in particular ensure drilling for oil is allowed in the Artic National Wildlife refuge and in US coastal waters.
On its website it lists the Institute for Energy Research (IER) as a “partner” organization and states that it is the “grassroots arm” of IER. AEA states that, by “communicating IER’s decades of scholarly research to the grassroots, AEA will empower citizens with facts so that people who believe in freedom can reclaim the moral high ground in the national public policy debates in the energy and environmental arena.
AEA is a 501 (C) 4, which means it is active in lobbying, but it does not disclose its funders. IER, on the other hand is a 501 (C) 3. Donations to IER are tax deductible, donations to AEA are not. For understanding the difference between a 501 (C) 3 and 501 (C) 4, click here.
A number of large organizations do organize themselves as both a types, as this allows flexibility to collect TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS and LOBBY at the same time.
ExxonMobil donated $95,000 to IER in 2007 and $65,000 the year before, but IER has said that ExxonMobil is no longer a funder.
IER has also received donations from the Brown Foundation, which was started by the founders of the construction and energy company Brown & Root; the Searle Freedom Trust, funded by the late conservative philanthropist Daniel Searle; and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is run by executives of Koch Industries, a major company in the petroleum refining industry and one of the main funders of Americans for Prosperity. According to NPR, Wayne Gable, who lobbied for Koch Industries along with Pyle, is on the board of both IER and AEA.
IER has been active in questioning global warming, suggesting that Al Gore and others are “climate alarmists,” and acting as a climate skeptic while defending climate deniers.
IER, through its co-founder Robert Bradley, a former Enron Executive, has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Additionally, IER’s Daniel Simmons, Director of Regulatory and State Affairs, previous served as ALEC’s Director of the Natural Resources Task Force. Simmons was also a legislative staffer for the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also listed as an expert for the Heartland Institute, of which the Koch Foundation funds.
A host of groups in the Koch network, including American Tradition Institute (ATI), Americans for Prosperity, and American Legislative Exchange Council, have undermined wind energy before. The Guardian reported on an ATI secret memo that suggested forming “dummy businesses” and a “counter-intelligence branch” against the wind industry.
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I strongly urge you all to read the entire document.
As I mentioned, AEA and IER are partly funded by the Koch Brothers and their donor network.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests founded in 2004 by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts.
And now we come back to JLCNY.
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