The IRS isn’t the only agency that is politically motivated and driven, according to a new report. Apparently, officials at the EPA have been diverting millions of tax dollars to Democratic activist groups.
The Minority Staff Report of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works was issued July 30, 2014.
The Republican staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a new report called “The chain of environmental command.”
Government officials continue to operate with significant conflicts of interest, colluding with environmental activists and billionaires, who are providing large sums of money to influence environmental public policy.
The Senate report shows that wealthy donors, referred to as the “Billionaire’s Club,” funnel money to far-left environmental activists through public charities. The current EPA leadership is an active partner in the far-left environmental movement, including sponsoring their efforts through grants to environmental activists.
The reports shows how the “Billionaire’s Club,” an exclusive group of wealthy individuals, directs the far-left environmental movement. The elite liberal members of this club pass parts of their fortunes through private foundations, so they can achieve their own personal political agenda, that aims to restrict the use of fossil fuels.
According to the report, the public charities involved in this scheme say they are independent, citizen-funded groups, but they are essentially selling their nonprofit status to others for a fee. Under the cover of their seemingly altruistic intentions, they work with wealthy liberal activist donors to leverage their combined resources to influence elections and policy outcomes, with a focus on the corrupt EPA.
The Obama Administration installed a green revolving door through which senior EPA officials pass, to benefit the environmental movement and its wealthy donors, according to the senate report. Former environmentalists who now work at the EPA funnel government money through grants to their former employers and colleagues.
More than $27 million in taxpayer-funded grants have been doled out to major environmental groups in the past five years. The report says that two key activist groups with significant ties to senior EPA officials, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund – have each received more than $1 million in funding.
The first three paragraphs of the report’s Executive Summary point out what they call Barack Obama’s blatant hypocrisy:
In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama famously chided the Supreme Court for its recent campaign finance decision by proclaiming, “With all due deference to the separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.” In another speech he further lamented, “There aren’t a lot of functioning democracies around the world that work this way where you can basically have millionaires and billionaires bankrolling whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed. What it means is ordinary Americans are shut out of the process.”
These statements are remarkable for their blatant hypocrisy and obfuscation of the fact that the President and his cadre of wealthy liberal allies and donors embrace the very tactics he publicly scorned. In reality, an elite group of left wing millionaires and billionaires, which this report refers to as the “Billionaire’s Club,” who direct and control the far-left environmental movement, which in turn controls major policy decisions and lobbies on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Even more unsettling, a dominant organization in this movement is Sea Change Foundation, a private California foundation, which relies on funding from a foreign company with undisclosed donors. In turn, Sea Change funnels tens of millions of dollars to other large but discreet foundations and prominent environmental activists who strive to control both policy and politics.
This report examines in detail the mechanisms and methods of a far-left environmental machine that has been erected around a small group of powerful and active millionaires and billionaires who exert tremendous sway over a colossal effort. Although startling in its findings, the report covers only a small fraction of the amount of money that is being secreted and moved around. It would be virtually impossible to examine this system completely given the enormity of this carefully coordinated effort and the lack of transparency surrounding it.
The Billionaire’s Club knowingly collaborates with questionable offshore funders who have zero transparency, according to the staff report.
The report also documents that a pseudo grassroots effort against fracking actually came about with massive funding by the Park Foundation, the Schmidt Family Foundation and the Tides Foundation.
Another pseudo grassroots effort called Bold Nebraska is not local to Nebraska, but is an arm of the Billionaire’s Club seeking to “advance a political agenda without drawing attention to the fact that they have little connection to the state.”
As has been well documented, the IRS attacks on 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups were entirely aimed at conservatives, but the report says the likelihood of lax oversight on left-side organizations “raises questions as to whether 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations and charities are indirectly funding political activities.”
As an example of problems in this area, the report says the Green Tech Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, “receives millions of dollars from green 501(c)(3) organizations, then distributes the funds to other 501(c)(4) groups that donate to political campaigns.”
The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA [ PDF ]