U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised a report released by EPW Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.) titled The Chain of Environmental Command that highlights the close relationship of environmental organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the shadow-money that support them.
"Sen. Vitter's report is critical to continuing the EPW Committee's work of untangling the extensive web that connects the Environmental Protection Agency to activist organizations and their deep-pocketed donors. Despite their often assumed grassroots advocacy, the real "movement' is backed by a club of environmental billionaires who are pulling the puppet strings of ENGOs, charitable organizations, and President Obama's overzealous EPA to enact their radical agenda. This report makes Tom Steyer look like a model of transparency for being out in the open with how he spends his money. This report and others like it help to shine a light on the dark-money network that is derailing our nation's ability to be energy independent and keep energy prices affordable for all Americans."
In September 2004, then chairman of the EPW Committee, Inhofe released a report titled, "Political Activity of Environmental Groups and Their Supporting Foundations." The report described five politically active environmental groups with their activity and highlighted the "non-partisan" charitable foundations that provide them with financial support. The report was updated and released again in September 2008 and focused on the financial and political ties of major environmental activist groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, and the major foundations that support them.