CORE's war on poor campiagn hits the airwaves – DeSmogBlog all over it

CORE's war on poor campiagn hits the airwaves – DeSmogBlog all over it
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Last night we got word that Niger Innis, spokesperson for ExxonMobil, Monsanto, the Congress of Racial Equality was going to be on a CBC national radio show called The Current talking about his organization’s “Stop the War on the Poor “ campaign.

We were able to get a hold of the producer of the show and provided information on CORE‘s cozy relationship with oil giant ExxonMobil and genetically-modified seed producer Monsanto.

It is important that when people like Innis appear on such shows that listeners are given the full context. Much like if a doctor who gets money from a pharmaceutical company was to go on the air touting the benefits of a particular drug, Innis and the media should be obliged to disclose potential conflicts of interest. 

Here’s a partial transcript of the Innis interview on The Current with mention of DeSmogBlog.com and CORE‘s links to ExxonMobil:

Host: “There is an organization with a website called DeSmogBlog.com who report that your group CORE has been funded in the past by a grant from ExxonMobil. Is there any truth to that?

Innis: “Well let me respond to that in two ways. First of all, CORE has over a million contributors. That is small businesses, that is members, that is mom and pop shops, that is major corporations. I suspect there are members of the Sierra Club and Greenpeace that have funded CORE.”

Host: “But is that, ExxonMobil wants… [cut off]

Innis: Just to finish up Mike, ExxonMobil, yes indeed is one of our funders, as are millions, er, hundreds of thousands of other entities, individuals and corporations. Um, we’re a non-profit.”

Host: “On a larger issue, do you believe climate change is a threat to the earth?”

Innis: “I think, we’re not engaged in this to debate the issue of climate change. I’m not saying climate change doesn’t exist, I’m saying we should not over react to it and what I am saying we should do is balance whatever the environmental responsible and good stewards of the earth with very real economic concerns that poor people have. And that whatever changes we’re going to make, that these burdens should not borne out disproportionately by poor people.”


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CORE's war on poor campiagn hits the airwaves – DeSmogBlog all over it

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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