Energy industry front group plans "teabagger" protest at Gore's event in Portland

Energy industry front group plans "teabagger" protest at Gore's event in Portland
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I just got word that Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is planning on protesting a presentation Al Gore is making tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon.

Under the guise of the “teabagger movement” AFP will do what it does best, which is protesting clean energy and green jobs.

It’s hard to believe this is much of a grassroots “teabagger” movement when the organizers get so much money from the largest private energy company in the United States.

Below is everything you need to know about AFP and their president Tim Phillips that we’ve pulled from our research database.

All this will be passed on to the local Portland media to ensure that they include this important context in any reporting they do on this story. If you’re from Portland or know anyone from the area, please pass this around to local bloggers and media.

Highlights:

– Here’s a complete rundown of AFP’s funding.

AFP is the third largest recipient of funding from the Koch Family Foundations, manged by Charles G. Koch who runs the largest privately owned energy company in the United States, Koch Industries.

AFP has also received money in the past from Exxon Mobil, who has been notoriously bad when it comes to funding groups looking to delay the movement away from oil to green energy.

– Tim Phillips is the president of AFP and has been fueling the anti-clean energy movement by making outrageous puiblic statements like, a cap-and-trade program would increases taxes by $1.2 trillion.

– Tim Philips spearheaded a direct mail, coalition building campaign for George Bush’s campaign against John McCain in the 2000 primaries.

– Here’s a complete rundown of Tim Philips.

Energy industry front group plans "teabagger" protest at Gore's event in Portland

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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