How Park Foundation Trust-Funders Who Use Gas Fight Others Getting It

The gas consuming Park Foundation trust-funders are becoming ever more bold in doing what they can to keep everyone else from having access to this energy.

We’ve followed the Park Foundation for years, of course. They’re the epitome of so much that’s wrong with the way the wealthy special interests influence our politics and public policy. Worse, they do it as a tax-exempt private foundation that’s not legally permitted to do lobbying, with but a few limited exceptions. Lobbying, simply put, consists of attempts to influence legislation and the Park Foundation is getting bolder and bolder in doing just that by funding a multitude of fractivist initiatives carried out by others willing to do the Park Foundation’s dirty work for a price.

What brought the Park Foundation back to top of mind with me again is a little research I did the other day to discern who might be funding a particular initiative. I went to their grants award page, selected the 2017 grants tab, went to the bottom and chose “view all” to get a full list. Park is, to their credit, one of the more transparent foundations out there, unlike, for example, the Rockefeller Family Fund, which tells you they gave the Sustainable Markets Foundation a grant last year for “the Pipeline and Property Rights Project,” but little else. That’s probably because disclosure, like legal discovery, can be a curse.

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