Department of the Interior Ignores Scientists to Appease Oil Industry on Endangered Beetle

Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior has used “unsound science and poor ethics” in an attempt to cut protections for an endangered species of beetle, according to top scientific experts involved in the matter. The species at issue is the American Burying Beetle, whose last remaining habitat includes choice onshore oil and gas fields. This has made …

Janus Decision Rooted in Koch Wishlist

Charles Koch protested in front of Supreme Court

With last month’s monumental Janus decision by the Supreme Court, the Koch family won a major victory in their multi-generational attack on unions. The ruling spreads to the entire public sector one of the laws the Koch fortune first helped push through in Kansas 60 years ago: “right-to-work.” And in doing so it enshrines the union-busting agenda …

Interior Department’s Vincent DeVito – the documents

Vincent DeVito is a Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior on Energy Policy. He was appointed by Ryan Zinke on May 1, 2017. The following source documents reveal Vincent DeVito’s hand in policy actions taken by the Department of the Interior meant to benefit the coal and oil industries. This page contains all relevant materials …

Koch Industries among major donors to GOP Attorneys General Group for 2018 Election Cycle

The latest financial report for the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has been filed (see below). It reveals numerous corporations, top executives, and their trade groups donating a total of $4,537,553 to ensure Republican state attorneys general candidates are financially backed heading into the 2018 election cycle. According to the report, which covered the first …

Interior Secretary Meeting with Coal Industry Lobby Group Board of Directors

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will speak to a room full of coal executives in Phoenix, Arizona at the National Mining Association (“NMA”) Spring Board of Directors meeting, according to a tweet from the keynote speaker of the event, Jim Carroll. This morning, I’ll do a keynote for the CEO’s of …

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry Holds “Special DC Fundraiser” at Trump Hotel

Jeff Landry, the Attorney General of Louisiana, and likely 2019 Republican Gubernatorial candidate, held a Washington D.C. fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel in January. A copy of the event invitation was provided to Documented.   For Landry, the motivation to hold the fundraiser at the Trump hotel may be political. He is expected to …

Scott Angelle, BSEE Director, Favors Meetings with Oil Industry Donors to His Past Campaigns

An investigation by The New York Times’ Eric Lipton released March 10th, 2018, describes how the industry-tied Director of the U.S. offshore safety enforcement bureau has cut safety and environmental regulations on the oil industry. New details of that story, released by Documented, reveal that the Director of the Bureau for Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has …

Republican State Attorneys General Group Held 2017 Holiday Party at Trump Hotel

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), an industry-backed group that spends millions of dollars each cycle to back the election of Republican attorneys general, celebrated its December 2017 holiday party in style at the Washington D.C. Trump International Hotel. The details were contained in an invitation to the event provided to Documented, and confirmed in …

Revealed: Names of ALEC Lobbyist and Legislator Members

The names of hundreds of members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”), details of which are closely guarded by the group, are revealed in a document obtained by Documented through a public records request. The list, made available below, includes hundreds of elected officials, corporations, front groups, and industry trade associations.   The names …

Exxon’s 10-K fails to acknowledge climate litigation risk, adds new section on reputational risk

This week, Exxon Mobil (XOM) released its 2017 10-K report. While news of Exxon abandoning joint projects with Rosneft — and the corresponding $200 million after-tax loss —  dominated the headlines, two overlooked items may bear serious consequences for the company. Exxon failed to acknowledge the serious risks posed by ongoing climate litigation and investigations. …