Kansas King Coal Funding Details Exposed

Kansas King Coal Funding Details Exposed
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DeSmogBlog has just received the 2007 statement of political expenditures for a recently formed astroturf group calling themselves “Kansans for Affordable Energy” (KAE).

The document is attached to the end of this post.

According to the report, the KAE received $145,400 in total contributions. Of that amount, $120,000 came from the world’s largest coal company, Peabody Energy and another $25,000 came from Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. In other words, all but $400 of the money provided to this group of Kansans “concerned” about “affordable energy” came from Big King Coal.

An astroturf group if there ever was one.

DeSmogBlog has just received the 2007 statement of political expenditures for a recently formed astroturf group calling themselves “Kansans for Affordable Energy” (KAE).

The document is attached to the end of this post.

According to the report, the KAE received $145,400 in total contributions. Of that amount, $120,000 came from the world’s largest coal company, Peabody Energy and another $25,000 came from Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. In other words, all but $400 of the money provided to this group of Kansans “concerned” about “affordable energy” came from Big King Coal.

An astroturf group if there ever was one.

You might remember the November, 2007 story about an organization calling itself “Kansans for Affordable Energy” (KAE).

In a nutshell:

Shortly after the Kansas Heath Board turned down and application for the expansion of a coal-electricity plant, the KAE ran state-wide ads claiming that Venezualean leader Hugo Chavez, Russian President Putin and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were smiling because canceling the coal plant expansion plan would mean increased natural gas imports from their countries.

The KAE forgot to mention that two-thirds of natural gas imports to Kansas come from Canada. They also forgot to mention that their ad campaign was bought and paid for by coal-giant Peabody Energy and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (the company who lost the Kansas expansion bid).

Presumably, the idea behind the KAE advertising these ads, as opposed to the coal companies was to create an image of “concerned citizens,” as opposed to “concerned multi-national coal giant.” Instead, all sides in this little PR spin campaign end up looking bad and the people of Kansas should be outraged at Peabody, Sunflower and the KAE for this blatant attempt to deceive.


Kansas King Coal Funding Details Exposed

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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