David Bernhardt meets API CEO Jack Gerard in undisclosed meeting

Visitor logs reveal Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt met with American Petroleum Institute (API) CEO Jack Gerard and API lobbyist Carrie Domnitch in an undisclosed meeting on September 22, 2017. Deputy Secretary Bernhardt’s calendar shows a scheduled “Meeting to Discuss Energy Issues” but does not mention attendees outside of the …

Texas Oil and Gas Lobbyist Presentation Reveals Pro-Industry Bent of 2017 Legislation

During a recent presentation to an oil and gas legal symposium in Austin, TX, industry lobbyist Benjamin Sebree provided an unusually frank assessment of how the industry fared during the 2017 Texas legislative session. In his presentation, which took place on February 2, 2018, Sebree outlined how multiple bills adopted during the past legislative session directly benefits …

PRUITT CALLED TRUMP A THREAT TO CONSTITUTION IN 2016 INTERVIEW

In a stinging 2016 radio interview, Scott Pruitt lambasted then candidate Donald Trump, warning of the danger to the constitution should he become president. “If Donald Trump is the nominee and eventually the president, he would take i think, unapologetic steps to use executive power to confront Congress in a way that is truly unconstitutional”, …

EPA Awards contract to sister organization of group that helped Pruitt Become EPA Administrator

Definers Public Affairs, the GOP opposition research firm recently awarded a $120,000 contract by the EPA, is closely tied to the firm that ran an online campaign to push EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Senate confirmation campaign. In December, America Rising Squared (AR2) launched the confirmpruitt.com website which has since been deleted. An archive of the …

ALEC Hires Former Koch Staffer to Lead its Energy Task Force

The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has hired Grant Kidwell, a former analyst from two major Koch-backed groups–Americans for Prosperity and the Charles Koch Institute–to lead its Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force, a position that has been left vacant since July. Funded by numerous fossil-fuel companies, ALEC and its EEA task force …

Scott Pruitt Scheduled to Speak at ALEC Conference in Nashville

Update (12/10/2017) – Scott Pruitt cancelled his appearance at ALEC. No reason for this was given publicly.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is scheduled to speak on Friday at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States and Nation Policy Summit, in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a copy of the event brochure provided to Documented. Pruitt is …