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July 18, 2019 by

Trump’s Interior Swamp Grows With Seven New Political Appointees

New Interior Political Appointees Profiles on Department of Influence Website  Today, Western Values Project released seven new profiles of political appointees joining the Department of the Interior on their Department […]

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July 15, 2019 by

Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Bureau of Land Management Relocation Blunder

Move Ignored Congress, Western Governors and Lacks Justification After E&E News reported and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on twitter that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National will be […]

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July 12, 2019 by

Hot Air from New Congressional Caucus is Big on Promises But Short on Action for Public Lands

Newly Formed Roosevelt Conservation Caucus Ignores Land and Water Conservation Fund in Issue List After several Senate and House members took to the podium to make big promises about protecting […]

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July 8, 2019 by

Trump is Responsible for Largest Reduction in Public Land Protections in U.S. History

Ex-Lobbyists Wheeler and Bernhardt Join President in PR Stunt That Ignores True Record After stacking his cabinet with special interest operatives, Trump will be flanked by two former industry lobbyists […]

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July 2, 2019 by

What to Expect From This Year’s Taxpayer-Funded Trump Rally

Bernhardt and Trump Buck America’s Birthday Tradition, Igniting and Ignoring Backlash  Donald Trump announced months ago that the Fourth of July celebration in Washington D.C. – normally a convergence of […]

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July 1, 2019 by

New FOIA Documents Reveal More Industry Influence at Interior

Bernhardt’s Former Client, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Appears to Have Influenced Decisions by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services A new analysis of public documents exclusively obtained by Western Values […]

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June 26, 2019 by

Who Else is Under Interior’s Political Awareness Review Process?

A new analysis by Western Values Project discovered that major media outlets including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Politico, The Hill and others, as well as watchdog organizations, were subject to the political awareness review, causing delays and, in some cases, limiting responsive public documents being released.

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June 25, 2019 by

Uranium Has No Place on ‘Critical Minerals’ List

Inclusion on List Serves to Benefit Former Lobbyists-Turned Trump Cabinet Members Like Bernhardt Whitefish, MT – Today, the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee held a hearing to consider legislation […]

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June 25, 2019 by

Champs Versus Chumps: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Still Hangs in the Balance

Will the Senate Follow the House’s Lead in Advancing Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund? Whitefish, MT – The future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)- […]

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June 21, 2019 by

Only Seven Emails From Bernhardt’s Desk Available Out of 27,375 Documents in Online Database

Only seven of the 27,375 documents released by the Interior Department publicly accessible in a new online database were written by Secretary David Bernhardt, suggesting that Interior is withholding key documents and emails written by Bernhardt. The apparent suppression of Bernhardt’s documents come as Interior is facing lawsuits and calls for investigations into the secret political review process of pending public records requests.

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