The Center for Media and Democracy released a new report today, "Using Unions to Carry Big Oil's Water," detailing how the fossil fuel industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council cynically use unions to win Democratic support for legislation that criminalizes and chills environmental protests under the guise of "worker safety."
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine already slashed state spending by $775 million, the state faces another $2.4 billion shortfall, and county and municipal governments face staggering deficits due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Koch-funded groups are lobbying to stop a federal government bailout.
CMD joins Common Cause and 71 other groups calling on companies to stop funding ALEC due to its leading role in the right-wing campaign to protest COVID-19 public safety measures and reopen the economy despite warnings from public health officials.
Koch Industries spent $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 on lobbying Congress to block climate progress, weaken environmental protections, and protect its bottom line.
Koch-backed and founded group’s opposition to the expansion of affordable health care to millions of citizens in 14 states, despite the imminent threat of a coronavirus pandemic, will inevitably lead to more unnecessary deaths.
Koch Industries spent $11 million in 2019 lobbying Congress to block climate action, renewable energy subsidies, automobile fuel efficiency standards, and donor disclosure.
The American Legislative Exchange Council returns to the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona for its annual States and Nation Policy Summit this week.
In a press release, the Governor echoed oil and gas industry talking points, which the Center for Media and Democracy revealed earlier, saying, "Today, I signed Assembly Bill 426, which aims to ensure each energy provider is treated the same under the law while still protecting the right to exercise free speech and the right to assembly."
By Don Wiener and Arn Pearson
Newly released figures show that Koch Industries has spent almost 20 percent more on federal lobbying expenses so far this year than it had at the same time last year. With the U.S. House in Democratic hands, Koch, like other fossil fuel companies, is forced to play defense on energy issues, along with pushing back against Trump trade policies.
The Wisconsin State Assembly will convene for the first time this fall today to consider a bill backed by the oil industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that would impose harsh criminal penalties on protesters who trespass on or damage any property owned by energy and water companies.