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Koch Network, Fossil-Fuel Front Groups Lobby Congress Against Wind-Energy Tax Breaks

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The Koch-brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity spearheaded a letter claiming that 117 organizations oppose reviving wind-energy tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. The Energy and Policy Institute discovered that a majority of the groups have ties to the Koch brothers or other fossil-fuel interests.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Launches Front Group to Cover Its Assets

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Nuclear Matters is just the latest gambit of a very powerful political player. Over the last five years, Exelon has spent millions on political candidates and tens of millions on lobbying, and has taken advantage of its close ties with the Obama administration to weaken or stymie stronger nuclear plant safeguards.

Why and How Fossil Fuel and Utility Interests Are Attacking Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing that market.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Steve Horn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Best Public Relations Money Can Buy -- A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups

Michele Simon | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

With growing concern over the negative impacts of our highly industrialized and overly processed food system, the food industry has a serious public relations problem on its hands. Instead of cleaning up its act, corporate lobbyists are trying to control the public discourse.

Name That Representative! Republican Study Committee Meets With ALEC

Gabe Elsner | Posted 12.01.2012 | Green
Gabe Elsner

If we can identify which members of Congress attended certain meetings, we can ask them about their interest in cutting wasteful fossil fuel subsidies first, given they are far larger than the cost of policies that support the growth of new clean energy sources.

Dan Froomkin

NFIB Exposed: 'Voice Of Small Business' Is A Front, Group Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The same group that exposed the previously little-known American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as a dominant force advancing corpo...

Who Is Trying to Destroy the Humane Society?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

Just as we require political ads to disclose the sources of their funding, we should make sure that these faceless front groups come out of the shadows and tell us up front -- on the ads themselves -- who exactly is paying for them.

Gas Industry Front Group Called Out By RFK Jr. Keeps Spinning Truth

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 12.24.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The oil and gas industry has a long history of resisting public accountability and protective standards, and generally avoiding tough questions about its practices and attacking its critics.

Ads Infinitum: Countering the Citizens United Plague

Ellis Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellis Weiner

Following the Citizens United decision, the funding for negative political ads can more easily be disguised by anodyne-sounding organizational names. The implications of this plague are grim.

Transocean Offshore Drilling Has Its own 'Conservation Organization'

Morgan Goodwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Morgan Goodwin

Unfortunately, the deep connections between the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and Transocean Limited, (owners of the Deepwater Horizon rig) were omitted by the New York Times this week.

Richard Berman: The High Life and Low Road

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Today, The Humane Society of the United States joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving in filing a complaint with the ethics commission in New York again...

Verizon and AT&T's Most Annoying Lobbyists

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Ammori

These front groups exist to distract from real issues, to make the industry look reasonable, and to make anyone responding to them look like the "other" extreme, rather than the sensible, consumer-focused policy advocate.

PG&E Quits U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nike Fed Up Too

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Bravo to Pacific Gas & Electric for taking a stand against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's head-in-the-sand approach to climate change threats.

Consumerist/Ctr for Media & Democracy Protect the US Against Front Groups

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

"Front groups," sometimes called "swiftboaters," are people paid by shady politicians or corporate executives to deceive citizens.

Big Oil Astroturf Rally in Houston More Company Picnic Than Grassroots Campaign

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Yesterday the Public Citizen Texas team drove down to Houston to crash the American Petroleum Institute's Energy Citizen event. Billed as a "grassroots" rally against the cap-and-trade bill currently before Congress, this event was nothing more than a company picnic.

Townhall Mobs -- Brought to You by Big Oil and Dirty Coal

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

There's considerable evidence that these astroturf corporate lobbying operations are also trying to derail clean energy jobs legislation.

Republican Front Group Skirts Election Law: Attacked Wellstone, Attacking Shaheen

Mandy Grunwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mandy Grunwald

The Shaheen-Sununu rematch is one of the most important in the country. It's the Democrats' best chance of knocking off an incumbent -- but the AJS is up to its old tricks.