News: Environment

Worried About Grade School Security, EPA Limited Pruitt’s Earth Day Audience to Timber Execs
A timber executive organized a secret Earth Day visit to an elementary school for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to emails and text messages reviewed by MapLight.
Ethics Experts Say Scott Pruitt Reimbursements Raise Questions About Double-Dipping
Oklahoma campaign finance records suggest Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have been reimbursed twice for items he purchased while serving as the state’s attorney general, experts say.
Mirror, Mirror, On the AG’s Wall. And Six Years Later, Also On Pruitt’s Expense Account.
A reimbursement request from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt during his last week as Oklahoma’s attorney general provides more evidence that Pruitt is more frugal with his own money than with public funds.
During First Year, Pruitt Met With 39 Donors Who Gave $286K to OK Campaigns and PACs
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has met during the last year with more than three dozen organizations that donated to his past campaigns and political committees, according to a MapLight analysis.
Donors Lobbying EPA Gave $181K to Pruitt Oklahoma Committees, Now Reaping Benefits
As an Oklahoma politician, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt received $181,000 in political contributions from donors who lobbied the EPA last year, according to a MapLight review.
Coal Giant Aims to Head Off Criticism of Trump Greenhouse Gas Plan At Wyoming Hearing
After a trio of high-profile public hearings that have featured heavy criticism of the Trump administration’s plan to repeal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the nation's third-largest coal producer is taking steps to avoid a fourth round of attacks.
Amid Secrecy Dispute, Fistful of Schedule B Forms Shows Power of Big Political Dollars
A heavily redacted section in AAN’s annual tax return known as a Schedule B shows the conservative organization made it through an entire year without receiving a single donation smaller than $5,000. The AAN reported receiving almost $14.6 million in contributions and grants during its 2015-16 tax year, with a single $5.9 million contribution amounting for more than one-third of all donations.
Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Declines Release of 2014, 2015 Contributions List
A week after announcing its refusal to release a section of its 2016 tax return that could be used to determine the number of large donations it received, the flagship political organization of the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers indicated it would also attempt to shield basic information about its 2014 and 2015 contributions from public view.
Republican AGs Formed “Working Group” To Partner With Trump Administration
Top Republican state law enforcement officials have created a "working group" to partner with the Trump administration as it attempts to roll back federal regulations, according to documents obtained by MapLight.
Pruitt Calendar: Top Republican Donors Press EPA to Move Regional Office to Phoenix
Top Republican donors have been pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to move its regional headquarters from San Francisco to Phoenix.