A Koch Brothers frack front group, the “Mountain States Legal Foundation” founded by none other than James “Frack the Environment” Watt (see more on Mountains States, Koch and Watt below) is bankrolling the JLCNY’s Fracking Reparations publicity stunt against the State of New York. Imagine that. And the JLCNY claimed to not take money from the gas industry, (who their members would have to negotiate leases with), when they have now degenerated into being nothing more than a front for the gas lobby. No wonder they don’t want their members to see the Frackbusters Show. It might just put the geological hurt on their Fracking Reparations Claims. (It’s kinda hard to claim you lost something you never had) Right before the filing date. What timing. The JLCNY’s Head Chickenhawk has morphed into a Koch Fracking Sock Puppet .
Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
This is an urgent request for your help – the JLCNY plans to file its lawsuit on February 14, 2014!
The JLCNY’s Article 78 Petition to compel the State to complete the SGEIS is almost ready to be filed. We plan to commence the action on February 14, 2014 making it returnable before the Court with the Norse Petition on March 7, 2014.
However, before we file, we need to raise an additional $18,000.
Our friends and supporters have done an amazing job pushing this effort forward with donations, scrap metal drives, coalition phone banks, etc. We are only $18,000 away from making this happen.
Your donations allowed us to prepare our action against the State. Our complaint was announced on November 11, 2013. On November 13 we were contacted by William Perry Pendley, Esq., president of Mountain States Legal Foundation. http://www.
Mr. Pendley and the Foundation want to help!
The MSLF mission is to provide high-quality, effective legal representation for those who share its commitment to fight for the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, individual liberty, and the free enterprise system. During the Reagan Administration, William Perry Pendley served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he authored President Reagan’s National Minerals Policy. MSLF attorneys have argued before the United States Supreme Court with a recent appearance by MSLF Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Steven J. Lechner on January 16, 2014.
MSLF has committed its resources to help the JLCNY protect landowner rights in New York. JLCNY’s attorneys, Levene Gouldin & Thompson will serve as local counsel.
MSLF would like to start its work with the JLCNY by weighing in on the Article 78 proceeding commenced by the Norse bankruptcy trustee. MSLF believes that it can increase our chances of success by bringing the perspective of the JLCNY’s 70,000 landowners to the Court’s attention.
Please get the word out to all of our supporters. We must reach our fundraising goal within the next two weeks in order to file the action. Donations can be made payable to “Landowner Defense Fund”
The JLCNY is a 501(c)(6) non profit corporation. Contributions or gifts to the Landowner Defense Fund through the JLCNY are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
James Watt is the former Sec. of Interior under Ronald Reagan.
Watt is a Dispensational Christian, a heretical cult which promotes an arcane theory which explains why it was OK for God to allow slaves in the Old Testament, and why a Jew will be the Antichrist,and why the Third Temple will be in Jerusalem, etc
Much of Dispensational theory comes from the Book of Ezekial, which Erich von Däniken thought was the sign of alien visitation.
In this infamous quote before Congress, Sec. Watt seems to indicate that it’s OK to destroy the earth searching for mineral wealth because, well, the Apocalypse is coming soon so it doesn’t matter anyway:
“I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns,
whatever it is we have to manage with a skill to leave the resources needed for future generations.”
Since Watt was an End Times Freak, that means he thought Armageddon was going to occur on his watch. Messianic Fracking.
A conservative public interest law founded in 1977 under the National Legal Center for Public Interest, with start up money largely provided by Joseph Coors. MSLF is “dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government and the free enterprise system.” (mslf website)The group, initially headed by James Watt and now run by William Perry Pendley. Pendley has referred to environmentalists as communists in disguise, or “watermelons”- “green on the outside and red on the inside.” ( “Whither the West,” The Landman, January/February 1993.) MSLF files cases and amicus curiae briefs attacking environmental protections and designations on behalf of oil, mineral, development and timber interests. Ron Arnold, anti-environmental leader and executive director of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, called MSLF “the litigating arm of the Wise Use Movement.” MSLF is active in the “wise use” and extremist property rights movement, was a sponsor of the first “wise use” leadership conference in Reno, Nevada in 1988, and has participated in many conferences hosted by “wise use” organizations. (CLEAR fact sheet) Over the past two decades, MSLF has served as a training ground for a number of attorneys most active in the anti-environmental movement., including Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Clint Bolick, William “Chip” Mellor and Karen Budd-Falen, Anne Gorsuch-Burford, and Roger and Nancie Marzulla, who started Defenders of Property Rights.
Sourcewatch: Mountain States Legal Foundation
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy’s spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
The Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), a non-profit conservative legal foundation, was founded in 1976 with initial funding of $250,000. from Joseph Coors. James Watt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Ronald Reagan, served as MSLF’s founding president; William Perry Pendley currently serves as president and chief legal officer of the group.
MSLF files cases and amicus curiae briefs attacking environmental protections and designations on behalf of oil, mineral, development and timber interests. MSLF is active in the “wise use” and property rights movement. Over the past two decades, MSLF has served as a training ground for a number of attorneys most active in the anti-environmental movement.From 2010: Mountain States Legal Foundation’s Motives In Vote Case Questioned By Wyoming Native Americans
Mountain States Legal Foundation Charity ratings
In turn funded by (drum roll) the Kochs:
Koch Brothers fund Americans for Prosperity, (AFP) —> Mountain States Legal Foundation
Still, the largest bundle of money from a single source came from a conservative 501(c)(3) conduit group called Donors Trust: It was the source of $7.65 million in funds for the AFP Foundation in 2010. Donors Trust is a “donor advised” fund: donors deposit money in accounts they set up and recommend where they’d like it to go. But Donors Trust controls the money and actually makes the contributions to other organizations; it cannot guarantee it will give to the original donors’ preferred recipients.
The arrangement provides donors with the same tax-deductibility that they would be entitled to if they gave money directly to the groups they want to assist, according to tax lawyers. But it also provides a further layer of anonymity: not even the IRS knows where a particular donor’s money goes after it gets to Donors Trust.
Donors Trust was established in 1999, according to its website, to “ensure the intent of donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.” It’s run by Whitney Ball, who used to serve as director of development at the Cato Institute, which Charles Koch helped start decades ago. (The Kochs recently filed suit to try to obtain greater control of Cato.) Ball also heads up a sister organization, Donors Capital, which gave $10,000 to AFP’s Foundation in 2010, and transferred $2 million to Donors Trust.
In 2010, the same year it sent millions to AFP’s foundation, Donors Trust gave to some entities that aren’t tied to conservative ideology, such as the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, but many more that are: the Manhattan Institute, the Reason Foundation, the Mountain States Legal Foundation and the National Right to Work Foundation, to name a few.
The AFP Foundation also took in $350,000 from a similar, but more regional, conduit for donors, the Virginia-based Community Foundation.