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Title: Putin Helped Fund Sierra Club and Center for American Progress
Source: www.frontpagemag.com
URL Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dg ... -center-for-american-progress/
Published: Feb 6, 2015
Author: Daniel Greenfield
Post Date: 2015-02-06 19:14:02 by CZ82
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Views: 752
Comments: 4

Putin Helped Fund Sierra Club and Center for American Progress

January 27, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield

Looks like the environmental movement should come with a “Made in Moscow” label. And considering that the Center for American Progress is the group with the single biggest policy influence on Obama and is now on board with Ready for Hillary, Russian money going into it should be worrying as Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay reports.

A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president of a London-based investment firm whose president until recently chaired the board of the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft.

In addition to those roles, Hoskins is a director at a company called Klein Ltd. No one knows where that firm’s money comes from. Its only publicly documented activities have been transfers of $23 million to U.S. environmentalist groups that push policies that would hamstring surging American oil and gas production, which has hurt Russia’s energy-reliant economy.

The Klein money goes to SeaChange.

The only publicly available documentation of any business conducted by Klein Ltd. were two Internal Revenue Service filings by the California-based Sea Change Foundation, which showed that Klein had contributed $23 million to the group in 2010 and 2011. Klein Ltd. was responsible for more than 40 percent of contributions to Sea Change during those years.

The foundation passed those millions along to some of the nation’s most prominent and politically active environmentalist groups. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, Food and Water Watch, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress were among the recipients of Sea Change’s $100 million in grants in 2010 and 2011.

What did the money buy? A little political help for Putin’s flailing energy kleptocracy worried about US competition.

The Sierra Club, which received nearly $8.5 million from Sea Change in 2010 and 2011, launched its “Beyond Natural Gas” campaign the following year.

Whatever keeps the rubles coming.

“I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly NATO’s secretary general, said last year.

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#1. To: CZ82 (#0)

What did the money buy?

Just the usual watermelon environmental activism: Green on the outside, RED on the inside.

VxH  posted on  2015-02-06   19:25:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: CZ82 (#0)

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas.

Putin's last name was not Hoskins or Klein. This is a bull crap hit piece.

rlk  posted on  2015-02-06   20:40:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

CZ82  posted on  2015-02-07   13:23:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: rlk (#2)

When Trial Lawyers, Radical Environmentalists, and Dictators Unite

The Attempted Shakedown of Chevron

By: Erik Telford (Diary) | February 5th, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 5

In response to a baseless shakedown by an alliance of sleazy trial lawyers, radical environmental groups, and anti-American foreign interests, Chevron’s vice president of public affairs, Stephen Green, took to RealClear Markets to fight back. At the center of this misinformation campaign being perpetrated by left-wing operatives, is a fraudulent lawsuit in Ecuador, which in light of rampant corruption, has been completely delegitimized by U.S. courts and even the mainstream media.

Critics, of course, will see Green’s job title and dismiss his defense as PR flack on behalf of Chevron, but Green cites a number of credible sources – including articles in Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, and The New York Times – which add up to a pretty solid case. As the bedrock of his defense, he notes that a U.S. court found that the lawyer behind the case against Chevron in Ecuador, Steven Donziger, “violated federal racketeering laws, committing mail and wire fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.” No matter how you slice it, that’s a simple fact.

Despite Donzinger’s utter lack of credibility, environmentalist corporate watchdogs are still trying to side with him against Chevron in Ecuador, awarding the corporation their “Lifetime Achievement” award of shame for the most irresponsible corporation. Among these groups were Greenpeace and Public Eye, which has made its name shaming corporations. Here in the United States, the Sierra Club tried to capitalize on the court ruling by sending out a fundraising email, and expressing their continued support of the discredited trial lawyer. The fact that they’re still willing to stand with a man like Donzinger, however, underscores a different point: the need rein in out-of- control trial lawyers – who are willing to go so far as to team up with anti- American dictators – in pursuit of a corporate shakedown payday.

Green leaves little room for rebuttals as he makes a devastating case against Donziger. Namely, he notes that a former Ecuadorian judge testified that Donzinger bribed judges, as Reuters and Forbes reported. Green also cited business journalist and New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, who, upon looking into the lawsuit, wrote that “Without question, Chevron has gone after him (Dozinger). But Donziger is the one who supplied the ammunition.”

What about all the “activists” who protested against Chevron all over the world? They were recruited at $85 a head. Turns out the Ecuadorian government itself, which shamelessly allied itself with Donzinger and company, sponsored anti-Chevron protests around the world in its bid to score a few billion dollars off Chevron.

And for the third strike, the organization that nominated Chevron for the award of shame has a “direct connection” to Donziger, as The Daily Caller helpfully points out. Amazon Watch’s executive director admitted in an outtake from the film “Crude” that she intimidated judges in Ecuador by hiring a private army.

It’s time to push back against the collusion between trial lawyers, environmental extremists, and dictators for their attempt to extort legitimate businesses that have done nothing wrong. Rather than focusing on publicity stunt awards, Public Eye and their allies should focus on severing their ties to convicted fraudsters.

Erik Telford is acting president at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. Follow him on Twitter: @BlameTelford

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

CZ82  posted on  2015-02-08   9:36:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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