How Exxon used ALEC to push its anti-climate agenda

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Common Cause is releasing hundreds of documents showing how after funneling millions of dollars to ALEC, oil giant Exxon received private access to legislators to push its anti-environmental agenda.

Our elected officials should be beholden to the people, not wealthy special interests. But the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) undermines that principle every day. ALEC sells corporations private access to lawmakers so they can push their extreme agenda -- while claiming to be a charity so its corporate donors can write off their donations on their taxes. (Learn more about ALEC)

In 2012, Common Cause filed a whistleblower complaint with the IRS to expose ALEC’s abuse of its charity status. Then, last year, ALEC threatened legal action against Common Cause -- accusing us of lying when we said ALEC was denying climate science.

But we won’t be intimidated, because we have the facts on our side. Today, we’re releasing hundreds of documents that show how Exxon used ALEC as a vehicle to secretly push its extreme legislative agenda and undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.

Between 1998 and 2014, Exxon contributed over $1.7 million to ALEC -- and in return, ALEC lobbied for more than a dozen bills that directly benefited Exxon, including blocking and undermining climate science, renewable energy, and environmental and health safety rules.

This is undeniable proof that ALEC is a lobby group -- not a charity like it claims. The IRS doesn’t have any more excuses for inaction -- it’s time to hold ALEC accountable.

For media inquiries, contact David Vance at 202.736.5712 or dvance@commoncause.org

Documents

ALEC IRS Complaint - Supplemental Submission 2016

Cover Letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Press Release -  New Allegations of Tax Code Violations by Exxon and ALEC Filed with IRS

Exhibits (PDF)

ALEC - EXXON IRS COMPLAINT - LIST OF EXHIBITS

Exhibit 58 - Exxon Cash to ALEC 2005-1

Exhibit 59 - 1998-exxon-contributions-to-public-information-1

Exhibit 60 - 2000-exxonmobil-foundation-form-990

Exhibit 61 - 2001-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 62 - 2002-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 63 - 2003-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 64 - 2004-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 65 - 2005-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 66 - 2005-exxonmobil-foundation-form-990

Exhibit 67 - 2006-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 68 - 2007-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 69 - 2008-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 70 - 2009-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 71 - 2010-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 72 - 2011-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 73 - 2012-exxon-giving-report

Exhibit 74 - 2013-global-contribution-public-policy

Exhibit 75 - 2014 Worldwide Contributions Public Policy

Exhibit 76 - Exxon Sowed Doubt about Climate Science for Decades InsideClimate News

Exhibit 77 - UCS exxon report

Exhibit 78 - API Global Climate Action Communications Plan

Exhibit 79 - Exxon Knew Climate Change Was Coming - Greenpeace USA

Exhibit 80 - ExxonSecrets Factsheet

Exhibit 81 - CFACT climate and energy workshop for legislators

Exhibit 82.1 - 1998 Bill Tracking AL H.B. 465

Exhibit 82.2 - 1998 Bill Tracking KY S.B. 300

Exhibit 82.3 - 1999 Bill Tracking MS H.B. 890

Exhibit 82.4 - 1999 Bill Tracking MS S.B. 2706

Exhibit 82.5 - 1999 Wy. HB 171

Exhibit 82.6 - 415 ILCS 140 Kyoto Protocol Act of 1998.pdf

Exhibit 82.7 - KY Kyoto Statute

Exhibit 82.8 - Okla. Stat. tit. 27A Sec. 1-1-207 Kyoto Protocol (Oklahoma Statutes (2015 Edition))

Exhibit 82.9 - WV Code Chapter 22 Article 23

Exhibit 82.10 - 75(R) HB 3398 Introduced version - Bill Text

Exhibit 82.11 - HB1230 90th General Assembly

Exhibit 82.12 - HF 636 ... review and oversight of actions of the United States e.

Exhibit 82.13 - AZ SB 1213 (2013)

Exhibit 82.14 - CO HB 13-1089 (2013)

Exhibit 82.15 - HCR 1009 Calling for balanced teaching of global warming in the public.

Exhibit 82.16 - KS HB 2306 (2013)

Exhibit 82.17 - KY HB 269 (2013)

Exhibit 82.18 - KY HB 397 (2010)

Exhibit 82.19 - LA SB 733 2008

Exhibit 82.20 - NM HB 0302 (2011)

Exhibit 82.21 - NM HB 302 (2010)

Exhibit 82.22 - OK HB 1551 (2011-2012)

Exhibit 82.23 - OK HB1551 ENGR

Exhibit 82.24 - OK HB1674 ENGR

Exhibit 82.25 - OK SB 320 (2009)

Exhibit 82.26 - Texas School Board Rule--News Story Mention

Exhibit 82.27 - TN SB0893

Exhibit 82.28 - HOUSE BILL 1685 P.N

Exhibit 82.29 - MO HB1282I

Exhibit 82.30 - MS HB0506IN

Exhibit 82.31 - 77(R) HB 128 Introduced version - Bill Text

Exhibit 82.32 - MD HB 1423 (2002)

Exhibit 82.33 - WV HB 2325 Text

Exhibit 82.34 - State Protection of Air Quality Related Values Act Exposed - ALEC Exposed

Exhibit 82.35 - Bill Text WV HB2219 2011 Regular Session Introduced LegiScan

Exhibit 82.36 - Bill Text WV HB2219 2012 Regular Session Introduced LegiScan

Exhibit 82.37 - GA SB 159 2001

Exhibit 82.38 - MO hb1283i-Introduced Bill Text

Exhibit 82.39 - VA HB 1597 (2001)

Exhibit 82.40 - WV HB 3129 2013

Exhibit 82.41 - WV HB 3129 2014

Exhibit 82.42 - Verifiable Science Act Exposed - ALEC Exposed-1

Exhibit 82.43 - Bill Tracking - 2007 session Legislation

Exhibit 82.44 - Power Plant Siting Act Exposed

Exhibit 82.45 - FL HB 609 2002

Exhibit 82.46 - FL SB 1182 2005

Exhibit 82.47 - HB 2454 Text

Exhibit 82.48 - HB 4454 Text

Exhibit 82.49 - Session Bills Online Sunshine

Exhibit 82.50 - Performance Based Permitting Act Exposed - ALEC Exposed

Exhibit 82.51 - HCR 1018 Requesting South Dakota's Congressional.

Exhibit 82.52 - MO SR 448

Exhibit 82.53 - WY HJR HJ0008 2005

Exhibit 82.54 - Resolution on Federal Multi-Emission Reduction Legislation Exposed - ALEC Exposed

Exhibit 82.55 - Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SB2502

Exhibit 82.56 - Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SB1704

Exhibit 83 - 3C4-State Responses to Kyoto Climate Change Protocol Exposed

Exhibit 84 - Interstate Research Commission on Climactic Change Act

Exhibit 85 - 3B3-Ozone Attainment State Implementation Plan Act Exposed

Exhibit 86 - Barry Rabe Statehouse and Greenhouse

Exhibit 87 - The Warming Is Global but the Legislating, in the U.S., Is All Local - NYTimes.com

Exhibit 88 - ALEC - 1999 Leaders in the States

Exhibit 89 - ALEC Energy Book

Exhibit 90 - ALEC Natural Resources Taskforce

Exhibit 91 - 3F1-Environmental Literacy Improvement Act Exposed

Exhibit 92 - 3B0-ALEC Resolution in Opposition to EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Mobile Sources Exposed

Exhibit 93 - 3B2-IN OPPOSITION TO EPA PLAN TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GASES UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT Exposed

Exhibit 94 - ALEC State Legislators Push Back EPA's Onslaught of Regulations ALEC'S EPA Regulatory Train Wreck proving to be successful - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 95 - ALEC 2003 Sustainability Academy

Exhibit 96 - Sons of Kyoto 2004

Exhibit 97 - 3E1-ALEC Energy Principles Exposed

Exhibit 98 - ALEC Climate Myths

Exhibit 99 - ALEC- Warming up to climate change

Exhibit 100 - 5 ways ALEC denies the facts of climate change

Exhibit 101 - nipcc update at alec dallas 2014

Exhibit 102 - cfact1-1

Exhibit 103 - Coal and Oil Polluters Dominate ALEC Conference PR Watch

Exhibit 104 - Exxon Mobil to Lawmakers- Tax Carbon, Don't Use Cap-and-Trade -Environmental Leader - Environmental Management News

Exhibit 105 - Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws - Bloomberg

Exhibit 106 - States are climate battlegrounds - POLITICO

Exhibit 107 - ALEC State Withdrawal from Regional Climate Initiatives

Exhibit 108 - Koch-funded group mounts cut-and-paste attack on regional climate initiatives

Exhibit 109 - DE H86 (2011)

Exhibit 110 - IA HR4 (2011)

Exhibit 111 - ME S231 (2011)

Exhibit 112 - Michigan HR 277

Exhibit 113 - MI HR0134 (2011)

Exhibit 114 - MN SF235 (2011)

Exhibit 114.1 - MN HF509 (2011)

Exhibit 114.2 - Montana HJR 18

Exhibit 114.3 - NH HB519 (2011)

Exhibit 114.4 - NH SB154 (2011)

Exhibit 114.5 - NH HB1490 (2012)

Exhibit 114.6 - NJ A1500 (2012)

Exhibit 114.7 - NJ S276 (2012)-1

Exhibit 114.8 - NM HJM 24

Exhibit 114.9 - NM SB 190 (2011)

Exhibit 114.10 - Oregon HJR 9

Exhibit 114.11 - Wash. HJM 4003

Exhibit 114.12 - WA SB5096 (2011)

Exhibit 115 - Exxon CEO says more fracking rules hinder development

Exhibit 116 - Exxon Mobil spent $2 million on pro-fracking ad campaign - Shale Media Group

Exhibit 117 - ALEC DISCLOSURE OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUID COMPOSITION ACT

Exhibit 118 - Florida HB 745

Exhibit 119 - Florida SB 1776

Exhibit 120 - NM HB 136

Exhibit 121 - Illinois HB2615

Exhibit 122 - Wyoming SF 157

Exhibit 123 - Mich. HB 4061

Exhibit 123.1 - FL HB 71 (2014)

Exhibit 123.2 - FL HB157 (2014)

Exhibit 123.3 - IL H3897 (2011)

Exhibit 123.4 - IN H1049 (2012)

Exhibit 123.5 - NE L877 (2011)

Exhibit 123.6 - NM HB187 (2012)

Exhibit 123.7 - NY A08805 (2011)

Exhibit 123.8 - NY S5879 (2011)

Exhibit 123.9 - PA SB1226 (2011)

Exhibit 123.10 - WY SF60 (2012)

Exhibit 124 - Resolution on Responsible Resource Development - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 125 - Resolution to Retain State Authority over Hydraulic Fracturing - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 126 - ALEC Economy Derailed

Exhibit 127 - ALEC Encourages Responsible Resource Production

Exhibit 128 - Undercover at ACCE

Exhibit 129 - Keystone pipeline Who wins when the oil flows

Exhibit 130 - Specific Issues Reports for S.2280 by Exxon Mobil

Exhibit 131 - From Scarcity to Abundance

Exhibit 132 - The Keystone XL - Excuses for Inaction Are Disappearing Fast

Exhibit 133 - ALEC Resolution in Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Exhibit 134 - Ohio HCR 9

Exhibit 135 - Kansas HCR 5014

Exhibit 136 - Indiana SR 41

Exhibit 137 - Mich. SCR 6

Exhibit 138 - Miss. SR 3

Exhibit 139 - MO HCR 19

Exhibit 140 - IN SCR 38

Exhibit 141 - IN SR 41

Exhibit 142 - KY SCR 273

Exhibit 143 - KY HR 122

Exhibit 144 - LA SCR 115

Exhibit 145 - LA SCR 125

Exhibit 146 - MN SF 479

Exhibit 147 - MN HF 987

Exhibit 148 - MS SCR 543

Exhibit 149 - OH SCR 7

Exhibit 150 - SD HCR 1006

Exhibit 150.1 - FL H281 (2014)

Exhibit 150.2 - IA SR103 (2012)

Exhibit 150.3 - MO HCR4 (2014)

Exhibit 150.4 - WA SJM8018 (2011)

Exhibit 151 - Keystone Academy

Exhibit 152 - Who's Fighting the Clean Power Plan and EPA Action on Climate Change Union of Concerned Scientists

Exhibit 153 - National Black Chamber of Commerce Report on Clean Power Plan Union of Concerned Scientists

Exhibit 154 - HM 949 - Florida 2015 Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.1 - GA 150439

Exhibit 154.2 - HCR 32 - Missouri 2015 Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.3 - HCR 3024 - North Dakota 64th Legislative Assembly (2015-2016) - Open States

Exhibit 154.4 - HJR 19 - Utah 2015 General Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.5 - HJR 205 - Alabama 2015 Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.6 - SJ 294 - Virginia 2015 Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.7 - SCM 1013 - Arizona 52nd Legislature - 1st Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.8 - HCR 29 - Louisiana 2015 Regular Session - Open States

Exhibit 154.9 - Resolution Concerning EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New and Existing Fossil-Fueled Power Plants - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 154.10 - TX 84(R) SB 1761 - Introduced version - Bill Text

Exhibit 154.11 - AK HB 138

Exhibit 154.12 - AK SB 57

Exhibit 154.13 - AR HB 1962

Exhibit 154.14 - AR SB 183

Exhibit 154.15 - AZ HB 2657

Exhibit 154.16 - FL HB 849

Exhibit 154.17 - MN HF 333 as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016)

Exhibit 154.18 - IN SB 569

Exhibit 154.19 - KS hb2233

Exhibit 154.20 - KS sb151

Exhibit 154.21 - MO HB0835I

Exhibit 154.22 - NC House Bill 571-Third Edition

Exhibit 154.23 - ND Enrolled Senate Bill No. 2372 - Sixty-fourth Legislative Assembly of North Dakota - LC Number 15.0984

Exhibit 154.24 - NE LB469

Exhibit 154.25 - OK SB676 ENR

Exhibit 154.26 - SC 2015-2016 Bill 3693 Text of Previous Version (Feb

Exhibit 154.27 - SF 231 as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016)

Exhibit 154.28 - TN HB0868

Exhibit 154.29 - TN SB1325

Exhibit 154.30 - WV HB 2004 Text

Exhibit 154.31 - Act Requiring Approval of State Plan to Implement EPA's Carbon Guidelines - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 155 - 1981 ALEC Exxon

Exhibit 156 - ALEC 1984 Funders

Exhibit 157 - ALEC 1992 Annual Meeting Partial

Exhibit 158 - 1994 ALEC Meeting page 46

Exhibit 159 - NA replaced with Ex 163

Exhibit 160 - Marcus Owens complaint v. ALEC

Exhibit 161 - ALEC- Articles, plus bylaws from 1980, 1996 and 2007

Exhibit 162 - ALEC BYLAWS 2013

Exhibit 163 - 2002 Annual report-1

Exhibit 164 - ALEC 2007 BOD

Exhibit 165 - 2008 ALEC Private Enterprise Board

Exhibit 166 - 2010 ALEC Private Enterprise Board

Exhibit 167 - 2010 energy,environment agriculture 35-day mailing San Diego

Exhibit 168 - 2011 Private Enterprise Board ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 169 - 2011 eea 35-day mailing stfs11 Ohio

Exhibit 170 - 2012 Private Enterprise Board ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 171 - 2013 Private Enterprise Advisory Council ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 172 - 2014 Private Enterprise Advisory Council - ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 173 - 2015 Private Enterprise Advisory Council - ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 174 - 2016 Leadership - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 175 - alec-1991

Exhibit 176 - alec-staff-and-board-1995

Exhibit 177 - ALEC, a Tax-Exempt Group, Mixes Legislators and Lobbyists - The New York Times

Exhibit 178 - Sunshine Week- Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act - American Legislative Exchange Council

Exhibit 179 - ALEC report 2013

Exhibit 180 - ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature DeSmogBlog

Exhibit 181 - 2003 Sons of Kyoto CO2 Legislation Summary

Exhibit 182 - 2004 CO2 Legislation Summary

Exhibit 183 - ALEC 2003 Legislation to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Exhibit 184 - Sons of Kyoto

Exhibit 185 - Alexandra (Sandy) Liddy Bourne Heartland Institute

Exhibit 186 - EEA Roundup 7-21-11

Exhibit 187 - EEA Roundup 1-18-12

Exhibit 188 - EEA Roundup 3-1-12

Exhibit 189 - EEA Roundup 3-15-12

Exhibit 190 - 2014-03-25 EEA update upload

Exhibit 191 - ALEC 2014 990

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