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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 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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June 10, 2019 by

Statement: Bernhardt Courts Industry Lobbyist, Ignores Corruption Concerns

“Lobbyist turned-Interior Secretary David Bernhardt once again avoided accountability for the damage he’s done to our outdoor heritage in order to reward his special interest friends. The only people in that audience who should leave feeling like they’ll get what they want are the high-powered lobbyists who made the trip from Washington, D.C.”

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June 10, 2019 by

Mobile Billboard to Run During Annual Meeting Reminding Western Governors of Bernhardt’s Priorities

Conflict-ridden Interior Secretary Bernhardt Uses Event to Continue Charm Offensive Toward Fellow Lobbyists Fresh off a Republican “big donor retreat” in Chicago for President Trump’s reelection campaign, Interior Secretary David […]

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May 22, 2019 by

Interior Secretary Bernhardt Blames Others For Department’s Failure to Follow Transparency Laws

Breaking Story Based on WVP FOIAs Reveals Interior Political Appointees Restricting Public Documents Interior Secretary David Bernhardt failed to give a clear answer on questions from Senate committee members about […]

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May 21, 2019 by

Koch Alum Advances Out of Senate Committee For Key Legal Post

Senate Committee Sides with Special Interests Over Public Lands by Affirming Interior Solicitor Nominee The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-9 along party lines today to confirm Daniel […]

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May 15, 2019 by

Statement: Bernhardt Doubles Down on Deception at Congressional Hearing

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt doubled down on his deception and lies during Congressional testimony today, where he failed to clarify his ethically dubious and potentially illegal involvement in decisions that […]

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May 14, 2019 by

Memo: Did Interior Secretary Bernhardt Lie to Congress?

Western Values Project’s analysis (view here) of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s answers to questions for the record shows that the ex-oil lobbyist has spun a web of lies regarding his […]

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May 1, 2019 by

MEMO: Interior Solicitor Nominee Daniel Jorjani

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Acting Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani, President Trump’s nominee to become the department’s Solicitor. Senators […]

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April 24, 2019 by

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Hides From the Public and Press During Swearing-In

Admission that Interior Secretary is for the corporate lobbyists and special interests, not for the American people and the country’s public lands Ex-oil lobbyist and “ultimate D.C. swamp creature” David […]

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