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New website tracks industry influence at Department of Interior, shows pattern of stacking the deck in favor of special interests

The Western Values Project (WVP) is launching the “Department of Influence,” an interactive website featuring in-depth research on political appointments at the Department of the Interior. The website documents the revolving door between special interest lobbyists and appointees at the department. The analysis shows that lobbyists, political cronies and industry insiders are taking over at Interior while […]

Western Values Project requests records on Secretary Zinke’s threats to Alaska, prepares for legal action

The Western Values Project (WVP) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all records related to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s threats against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. If the Interior Department does not fulfill the request within 20 business days as legally required, WVP is prepared to take legal action. Read […]

ICYMI: Interior Secretary Zinke faces questions after threatening “retribution” against Alaska Senators

In case you missed it, the Alaska Dispatch News is reporting this morning that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened “retribution” against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both Republicans) over Murkowski’s votes on health care legislation. From the Dispatch: Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican […]

ICYMI: Interior Secretary Zinke faces questions after threatening “retribution” against Alaska Senators

In case you missed it, the Alaska Dispatch News is reporting this morning that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened “retribution” against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both Republicans) over Murkowski’s votes on health care legislation. From the Dispatch: Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican […]

ICYMI: Secretary Zinke refuses to release energy report, obscuring evidence of giveaways to special interests

In case you missed it, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke refused to release a report reviewing agency actions that potentially “burden” energy development. The report was required as part of an Executive Order on American “Energy Independence” issued by President Trump earlier this year. An Interior Department spokeswoman is claiming that the report is an internal document that […]

ICYMI: Questions remain for embattled Interior nominee Bernhardt on lobbying record

Senate should delay vote until nominee answers questions Questions remain after new evidence surfaced late last week showing nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt may have continued to lobby Congress and the White House after canceling his registration as a lobbyist. Despite these unanswered questions, Senate […]

Breaking: New documents show nominee for top Interior job may have lied to Congress, violated Lobbying Disclosure Act

Western Values Project calls on Senate to delay confirmation vote based on new evidence In a letter sent to Senators Murkowski and Cantwell, the Western Values Project called on the Senate to delay a confirmation vote for David Bernhardt, nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior. The letter comes after the Campaign […]

ICYMI: Utah Republican legislators caught bashing Trump/Zinke efforts

Emails reveal Utah legislative leaders bashing Secretary Zinke, opposing executive action, and letting special interests write legislation Email correspondence (available here and here) obtained by the Western Values Project (WVP) reveals that behind the scenes Utah legislative leaders have been bashing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, opposing the use of executive orders and letting special interests write […]

Three reasons why the Daneros uranium mine is a bad deal for Bears Ears, Utah, and the United States

One of the little-told stories in the debate over the fate of Bears Ears National Monument is the Daneros uranium mine. While the boundaries of Bears Ears were drawn explicitly to allow for the mine’s projected expansion, Daneros opposes the monument. Apparently, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump are on their side. […]

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