Art Pope is a Republican mega-donor dubbed “Koch Jr.”
Democratic senators fought unsuccessfully to get copies of Pruitt’s emails from Oklahoma prior to his February confirmation vote. Shortly after Pruitt was sworn in as EPA administrator, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been violating the state’s public records law by withholding his correspondence for at least two years. The judge ordered their release following a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, a left-leaning advocacy group.
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.”
Ever since then, Oklahoma’s Office of the Attorney General has been tightfisted when it comes to open-records request. Following that reporting, the Center for Media and Democracy first submitted an open-records request in January 2015 for Pruitt’s records. It took over two years — and a judge’s order — for the office to cough up any documents to CMD.
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.
A batch of emails recently acquired by a watchdog group, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), shows that Pruitt used two addresses out of the Oklahoma attorney general’s office: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents the nonprofit watchdog received through an open-records request show Pruitt’s name associated with both the “scott.pruitt” and “esp” handles, the latter being initials for the former Oklahoma attorney general’s full name, Edward Scott Pruitt.
WILL’s faulty study of voucher students was echoed by Bradley funded groups and went unchallenged by mainstream media.
Six questions appropriations committee members need to ask.