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Feisty “Southern Politics & Culture” website The Hayride makes the connections between donor-financed government and the recent, reckless political gambit of cutting off new LNG exports. With a teaser about more to come, on the dismount.
Fox News published an in-depth story on GAO findings—buttressed by the efforts of the Manhattan Contrarian, Francis Menton and elaborated in an Energy Policy Advocates amicus brief in the Southern District of New York.
Gov. Cooper’s intense relationship with the United Nations Foundation, first outed by GAO, is examined here.
Bloomberg Moves Beyond Attorneys General, to Staffing Regulatory Agencies Billionaire climate activist, who pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to end fossil fuels, is financing “staff” activists placed in State public utility regulatory commissions as he finances campaign behind LNG export terminal ‘pause’ Blackout risk accelerates as “Renewables” agenda advances A recent Wall Street Journal…
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Famed trial lawyer and former legal analyst for CBS News, as well as twenty-year radio host on Indianapolis’s WIBC (where he replaced longtime friend Mike Pence), Garrison is best known as the prosecutor who convicted boxer Mike Tyson. Garrison spent years as a special prosecutor in Indiana for major drug and other high-priority cases. He has authored several books, and practices as a partner in the Garrison Law Firm, LLC.
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Matt Hardin spent over three years litigating what proved to be highly significant open records cases in the New York and Vermont state courts, eliciting damning privilege logs, admissions by defense counsel in court, and of course key public records now housed in GAO’s Climate Litigation Watch documentary trove. After two years serving as chief prosecutor for a rural Virginia County, Hardin returned to transparency litigation in January 2020. He now serves as Counsel for GAO, handling cases from coast to coast in both state and federal courts.
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Joe Thomas brings to Government Accountability & Oversight his background as a longtime good-government advocate and student of our Nation’s founding and history. A native New Yorker and broadcaster for over thirty-five years, Mr. Thomas is a popular weekday radio host in Virginia as well as host of a weekend statewide show, Freedom & Prosperity Radio. Mr. Thomas also created and hosted a weekly show dedicated to constitutional issues. On these and other platforms Thomas conveys his understanding of and passion for our system of governance, from its founding through its practice today. Mr. Thomas also has spent years addressing the importance of these issues through an active schedule of civic engagement.