Saturday, August 06, 2016

DIRTY-AIRBNB? UPDATE

Recently, we published a report, Dirty-airbnb? http://bit.ly/2azHubG which investigated the ties between Koch Industries and other polluters and an effort in Congress by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) to delay smog cleanup and generally weaken the Clean Air Act.

Olson spokeswoman Melissa Kelly told Greenwire that our investigation was "offensive and wrong."

We are continuing to monitor these issues, and discovered a new connection: Koch is also the principal financial backer of a so-called "Leadership PAC" run by Olson called the "Freedom Matters PAC."

This is basically a legal slush fund through which Koch (and a few other contributors) dish out cash which then is re-gifted to other candidates for office.

Koch has given the Freedom Matters PAC $10,000 so far in this election cycle, including a $5,000 dollop in June just after Olson shepherded the smog legislation through the House of Representatives. Below are excerpts from the official filings with the Federal Election Commission.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates when warranted.
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Details for Committee ID : C00491910
Other Committees Contributions - FREEDOM MATTERS PAC

Contributor Name Description City State Zip Receipt Date Amount Memo Code
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC 20001 12/07/2015 $5,000
KOCH INDUSTRIES INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (KOCHPAC) WASHINGTON DC 20005 12/22/2015 $5,000
KOCH INDUSTRIES INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (KOCHPAC) WASHINGTON DC 20005 06/27/2016 $5,000
TAXICAB LIMOUSINE & PARATRANSIT ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (TLPA PAC) ROCKVILLE MD 20852 03/21/2016 $5,000
VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE SAN ANTONIO TX 78249 06/30/2016 $2,500

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From the Freedom Matters Statement of Organization in 2010:

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/024/10030521024/10030521024.pdf

Freedom Matters PAC
6. Name of Any Connected Organization, Affiliated Committee, Joint Fundraising Representative, or Leadership PAC Sponsor
Peter G Olson

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