Enabled by Controversial Mayor and Powerful Lobbyist, Billionaire Clippers Owner Gets Big Win from California Air Resources Board
December 5, 2019
CARB’s approval was a big step forward for Steve Ballmer, but potentially a big step backwards for the nation’s toughest carbon pollution reduction goals. ...
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TOP STORIES
Steve Ballmer
Will Microsoft Billionaire Gut California’s Carbon Pollution Standards for a Basketball Arena?
December 3, 2019
Steve Ballmer — the 15th Richest Person in the World — Appears to Be Attempting to Crash Through the Nation’s Toughest Standards to Address Climate Change...
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Mayor’s Office
Coordination or Coincidence? 2 NYC Agencies Say They’ll Respond on the Same Day to Our Records Request
November 13, 2019
The old-school definition of Freedom of Information means that the public has a right to most documents that are created by officials whose work and salaries are paid by taxpayers. A newer version, it seems, means that public officials have the obligation to protect a government agency from possible embarrassment by hiding documents....
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PADS
PADS Internal Critics and Defectors Grow
October 30, 2019
Some expressed dismay. Others anger. The names of others just disappeared. They include six medical doctors, two professors and a nurse. One of the physicians is listed as a co-chair but has been dead for 20 months. ...
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Spend Matters
Was Spend Matters a Paid Consultant When Defending Ivalua’s Nearly $50M NYC Boondoggle?
October 24, 2019
Spend Matters aggressively defended Ivalua after our analysis of how NYC is paying 340 times more per agency for custom-built eProcurement software than Dallas paid for off the shelf software. When one finally discovers its Client Disclosures page, Ivalua is in a list of companies that are Spend Matters clients....
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Ivalua
Which NYC Official Failed to Collect Ivalua’s $25M Bond for Non-Performance — and Why?
September 30, 2019
Two years and tens of millions of dollars into a contract for an eProcurement system, there was no design. ...
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Investigations
Wind Development
Fossil Fuel Operatives Using Social Media Pressured Ohio County to Spurn Wind Tax Millions
February 14, 2019
A new investigation uncovers how a sophisticated social media disinformation campaign helped to convince Van Wert County to reject further wind development....
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Wind Farm Tax Revenue
Two Neighboring Ohio Counties, Two Different Economies
February 7, 2019
While Van Wert County ended all wind energy development, Paulding, located to its north, embraced it. The results are that Paulding County taxpayers are benefiting from increased county tax revenue, stronger public schools and a boost in its bond rating by the international agency Moody’s Investor Service....
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Checks and Balances Project Documents: Accelerated Attacks on Clean Energy by Koch Network
September 11, 2018
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Nicholas Loris
Case Study: Nicholas Loris, a Career Spent in the Koch Universe
April 17, 2018
Loris published 15 attacks on the Paris Climate Accord from April 16, 2016, through June 28, 2017, and played a major role in the Trump Administration's decision to abandon the agreement — making the United States the only nation in the world not to be a part of that historic accord....
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Koch Industries
Koch Denounces Thanksgiving Subsidies While Accepting $422 Million from States and Localities
December 1, 2017
The Charles Koch Institute posted to Facebook about how Thanksgiving is a subsidized holiday. Yet Koch Industries and its subsidiaries have accepted 230 awards worth $422 million from states and localities – the majority since 2010 – plus 78 more with undisclosed amounts....
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