Obama Allies Court Corporate Support for Climate Regulations

Groups hold meetings with admin officials, train executives to talk to media
John Podesta, Tom Steyer / AP

Getting the business community on board with environmental regulations that are expected to kill hundreds of thousands of jobs is a difficult task, but Democratic operatives are working publicly and behind the scenes to build private sector support.

Begich Refuses to Take Position on Energy Tax Hike

Murkowski, business groups, labor unions oppose effort to roll back new tax structure
Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) / AP

Alaska’s Democratic Senator refuses to take a position on a controversial state ballot measure that would dramatically hike taxes on the state’s energy companies.

Watch Neera Tanden Take Credit for Obama’s Failed Iraq Strategy

CAP president takes credit for troop withdrawal plan in 2012 donor pitch
CAP President Neera Tanden speaks to the Democracy Alliance

The president of a leading liberal think tank took credit in 2012 for an Obama administration troop withdrawal plan in Iraq that has led to the de facto partition of the country and the near-collapse of its government as al Qaeda terrorists and Shiite militias run rampant.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, touted its cooperation with the White House on Iraq strategy in a 2012 pitch to members of the left-wing dark money group the Democracy Alliance.

Democracy Alliance Donors Finance and Help Run Obama Advocacy Group

Internal documents reveal 10 DA members support OFA, nine sit on its corporate boards
OFA

Members of a major left-wing dark money outfit are providing large chunks of cash for, and serving as top advisers and officers of, President Barack Obama’s personal advocacy group.

Democracy Alliance donors have contributed at least $1.87 million to Organizing for Action (OFA), the 501(c)(4) organization that evolved out of Obama’s reelection campaign, according to data released by OFA.

PR Firm’s Undisclosed Work for Ecuadorian Government Raises Legal Questions

Firm with ties to Correa regime fails to notify DOJ of US advocacy and PR efforts
Protestors throw balloons and wave multicolour flags to protest against Chevron

A New York City-based public relations firm touted the government of Ecuador as a client last month despite not registering as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice, raising legal questions about its relationship.

The firm, MCSquared, promoted protests at a May shareholders meeting of oil giant Chevron, which has squared off with the administration of President Rafael Correa over a long-running environmental lawsuit in Ecuador.

Tom Steyer: Party Animal

$5 million donation suggests Steyer is a Democrat before he’s an environmentalist
Tom Steyer / AP

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer poured another $7.1 million into his political group during the second quarter of this year, new documents show, the bulk of which was then passed on to a leading Democratic group.

Reid’s Sale of Mining Rights Revives Allegations of Cronyism

Democratic Leader blocked regulations on mining companies represented by Reid’s family
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) / AP

Decades of legislative work by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on behalf of Nevada’s gold mining industry culminated this week when he sold the rights to a number of mines and moved to Las Vegas.

Kill Keystone, Kill People

Federal reports warn of dangers to human life, environment in rejecting pipeline project
An oil train exploded after it derailed in North Dakota / AP

A pair of reports released this week by federal agencies bolster arguments by supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline that the administration’s failure to approve the project would produce more and deadlier environmental disasters.

NY Dem Invested in Iran’s Biggest Oil Customer

Republican calls on Sean Eldridge to divest from Chinese company
Democratic candidate for Congress Sean Eldridge / AP

A Democratic House candidate is under fire for his husband’s sizable investment in a Chinese oil company that does extensive business in the Iranian oil sector.