Art Pope is a Republican mega-donor dubbed “Koch Jr.”
The Bradley Foundation underwrote new efforts to undermine popular public policies that help women and families, such as paid sick leave laws through funding for the controversial Independent Women’s Forum.
The Associated Press dug into that new batch of emails released by the Center for Media and Democracy. The reporters’ conclusion: the “emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma’s state attorney general.”
The Bradley Foundation donated almost $3 million to the Ethics and Public Policy Center between 2001 and 2010, according the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy. And the Goldwater Institute has received significant amounts of funding from sources with close ties to David and Charles Koch, leading funders in conservative politics and policy, the center reported.
“Convention of States is a much more radical approach to a constitutional convention” than earlier efforts, Arn Pearson, General Counsel at the Center for Media and Democracy, told Fusion. “Their budget has increased dramatically. This is their effort to push the state agenda as far as they can while they hold peak power.”
According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Koch-linked groups have donated nearly $5.4 million to Citizens for Self-Government between 2011, when the group was founded, until 2015, the last year tax records are available. IRS filings show Citizens for Self-Government funding increased from $1.8 million to $5.7 million over that period.
WILL’s faulty study of voucher students was echoed by Bradley funded groups and went unchallenged by mainstream media.
Here are emails from Scott Pruitt’s previously unknown second email account while he was Attorney General of Oklahoma. Pruitt had told the Senate he only had one account.
Three states voted to rescind convention resolutions this session.
The fracking letter interested Devon Energy. Allen Wright, the company’s vice president for government affairs, contacted a top Pruitt aide for a copy of the letter, according to emails published by the Center for Media and Democracy. “Good to see you this week,” Wright wrote. “Can you send me a copy of Scott’s letter regarding the EPA [inspector general’s] inquiry into state regulation of O&G?”