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Almost Two Years After Pruitt Nomination, Tax Return Reveals Extent of Dark Money Support

(Maplight) More than four months after Scott Pruitt resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, the public is finally receiving details about the special interest money spent to confirm him as the agency’s administrator.

Protecting America Now, a Washington, D.C.-based dark money nonprofit created to support Pruitt’s confirmation, filed its first tax return last week — almost two years after President Donald Trump announced his nomination. The filing showed the organization raised about $460,000 last year and spent $385,000 on “issue advocacy.”

Politico reported last year that Protecting America Now was bankrolled by energy companies. E&E News obtained a fundraising pamphlet from the nonprofit promising anonymity to their donors.

At least one energy company voluntarily disclosed its donation to Protecting America Now. Pioneer Natural Resources, a Texas oil and gas company, gave $100,000 to the organization, its largest individual donation in 2017.

Pruitt, who served as Oklahoma’s attorney general from 2011-17, had a tumultuous tenure at the EPA. While his efforts to roll back environmental regulations won support from conservatives, his opulent spending generated constant negative news coverage and sparked at least 13 federal investigations.

Although Protecting America Now ended 2017 with only $33,000 in the bank, the organization appears to have found new life. It spent more than $400,000 backing Republican Kevin Stitt in his successful campaign for governor in Oklahoma this year, according to the Tulsa World.

This story was produced by MapLight in partnership with Fast Company.


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  1. Ronald Christensen November 29, 2018

    Crooked Bastard !

  2. Eleanor Mueller November 29, 2018

    Crooked bastard.

  3. Leslie Cole November 29, 2018

    He should be prosecuted!??

  4. Martin D Regis November 29, 2018

    Like he is the Only one that get Dark Money Support.

  5. Barbara Dean November 29, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this post with us amen and amen

  6. Edward Calabrese November 30, 2018

    Not one member of his current or past administration members are clean….not a one!


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