The Koch-affiliated groups Americans for Prosperity and the Institute for Energy Research – known for spreading lies about climate change in order to influence policy. The American Legislative Exchange Council and the Heartland Institute – also known as America’s preeminent climate deniers. A secretive Karl Rove-linked operation that spent millions on ads supporting Mitch McConnell in his Kentucky Senate race against Alison Grimes and President Obama’s purported ‘War on Coal’. And an attorney known for making life hell for the scientists conducting important research on climate change.
What they all — and many others — have in common – according to a searing investigative report from the Intercept: they all received funding from Alpha Natural Resources – the country’s second-largest coal company.
This information shouldn’t be surprising. But until the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this month it was nonetheless withheld from the public. That’s because as the Intercept explains many of these nonprofits – despite the outsized role they play in politics – are not required to reporting information about their donors. Even now there’s no way to determine how much money Alpha Natural Resources allocated to fund these groups. Given the hard work they put into undermining everything from EPA regulations for coal-fired power plants to the very science of climate change – though it’s easy to imagine that the company felt that it’s contribution was well worth the expense.