George W. Bush's brother Jeb is the highest profile speaker at a secretive three-day retreat in Bristol, Virginia, hosted by six coal barons.
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Emerson Electric is the latest corporation to confirm it has ended funding for ALEC, joining a notable wave of recent corporate defectors that has included Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo.
AOL, the owner of the Huffington Post, became the latest major corporation to announce a decision to cease funding for ALEC.
The software company SAP America, has quit ALEC, telling CMD that it has made the decision because of the group's position on climate change, opposition to renewable energy, its position on gun safety and its attacks on voter rights.
Edelman, the worlds largest PR company, synonymous with astroturf-style front groups, has announced that it will no longer work for groups that deny climate change.
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency finally attempts to limit carbon dioxide pollution from coal plants, it is meeting resistance at the state level, thanks to a secretive campaign by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Big Oil and King Coal join cigarette and drug companies in bankrolling ALEC's meeting.
CMD has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute has been funding ALEC's legislative assault on solar energy.
If Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate this year, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a lawmaker famous for his belief that the entire body of climate science research is a "hoax," will take control of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which oversees matters relating to pollution and environmental problems.
Ken Langone, the big-spending Home Depot billionaire and ally of Charles and David Koch, clumsily defended his March 2014 comments comparing populist criticism of the 1% with the rise of Nazi Germany, in an interview with Capital New York published this week.