Center for Freedom and Prosperity: Russia’s Ties to U.S. Environmentalist Groups

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by Eugene Slaven
Center for Freedom and Prosperity

As congressional committees, journalists, and intelligence officials investigate the extent of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, one important aspect that has thus far been overlooked is Russia’s financial ties to powerful anti-fracking and anti-oil lobbies in the United States.1

The evidence is overwhelming, even if the graph connecting the dots between Moscow and U.S.-based environmental advocacy groups is non-linear, and at times as one would expect, obfuscated.

What is Russia’s interest in meddling in U.S. energy policy?…

Sea Change Foundation’s primary function is bundling millions of dollars for U.S. environmental groups. In 2011, the group gave $15 million to the Sierra Club, $13.5 million to the Natural Resources Defense Council, and $18.1 million to League of Conservation Voters—three of the biggest and most active left-wing environmentalist groups aggressively lobbying against oil and natural gas.

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