Tim Phillips

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“We need to keep taking back victimhood.”
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President

Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) 1992-1996
Co-founder and Vice President of Century Strategies 1997-2006
President of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation 2006-present

Evidence: 

Phillips co-founded Century Strategies (along with Ralph Reed), a company that offered business consulting, political and campaign consulting, and direct mail services.  According to the The National Journal, Century Strategies has "raked in millions of dollars by mounting grassroots lobbying drives and other campaigns—as well as doing some inside-the-Beltway advocacy—for two dozen or so Fortune 100 companies and lesser-known enterprises.”

Phillips spearheaded Century Strategies’ campaign for George W Bush during the 2000 GOP primary and general election. Beginning in 1999 and continuing through the election, Century provided direct mail, telemarketing, coalition building and strategic services to Bush for President.

While Phillips was vice president, Jack Abramoff hired Century Strategies to organize a coalition to block Native American tribes in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas from creating casinos that would drive gamblers away from the casinos Abramoff's clients owned. According to the Washington Post, Century Strategies was paid as much as $4 million for its work opposing several tribal casinos in southern states from 2001 to 2003.

Century Strategies’ laundered the money Abramoff paid them through the Faith and Family Alliance, a political advocacy group that was founded by Phillips.  Robin Vanderwall, the director of the Faith and Family Alliance, has stated he "was operating a shell."

Century Strategies’ first big client was Enron, which hired Phillips to mobilize "religious leaders and pro-family groups" to generate support for energy deregulation in Congress and in state assemblies. Phillips and Ralph Reed, co-founder of Century Strategies, used multiple mediums including advertising on conservative talk shows, placing op-eds from community leaders in major newspapers, and having major political campaign contributors press members of Congress to pass the favorable legislation. It is estimated Enron paid Century Strategies $380,000 for its services.  Phillips and Century Strategies worked for Enron from 1997 to 2001.

Phillips is the president of the Koch funded front groups Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation.  Since Phillips took over as president of the AFP in 2006, the organization has expanded to over 17 states and has increased its membership to 700,000.  In 2007, Phillips earned $250,000 as President of AFP.

Through AFP, Phillips has enthusiastically promoted global warming denial and attacked environmental regulation with a series of national PR campaigns.  AFP’s  "Hot Air Tour,” a national tour that calls predictions of global warming “hysteria,” labels cap and trade legislation a “climate tax,” and features a hot air balloon is one such stunt.

AFP also runs the website No Climate Tax, which exhorts citizens to send a message to federal and state lawmakers urging them to sign the No Climate Tax Pledge.

Other astroturf organizations conceived by Phillips under the AFP banner include:

  • “Free Our Energy,” a group promoting increased domestic drilling, the
  • “Save My Ballot Tour,” a group that pays Joe the Plumber to travel around the country smearing the Employee Free Choice Act, and
  • “No Stimulus” a group launched to try to stop the passage of the Recovery Act.

AFP and Phillips have also been instrumental in orchestrating the anti-Obama, anti-tax tea party protests in April of 2009.

Phillips and AFP are also heavily involved in the tea party movement, organizing rallies and bussing in speakers and participants.

In the wake of Citizens United, Phillips has positioned AFP as a conduit for corporate money entering political campaigns.  Americans for Prosperity spent $6 million in ads attacking democratic incumbents in the 2010 elections.

According to Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, Americans for Prosperity and its foundation plan to spend $45 million on “some fifty House races and half a dozen Senate races, staging rallies, organizing door-to-door canvassing, and running ads aimed at ‘educating voters about where candidates stand.’”

 

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If we win the science argument, I think it’s game, set, and match

“[AFP] is not a corporate front group

“Our busses are a really good prop…A good way to dramatize the healthcare debate.”

"We need to keep taking back victimhood." - Bloomberg Politics, 11/17/2014

 

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EPA Dramatically Inflates Economic Benefits of Recycling Coal Ash

  • Posted on: 3 January 2011
  • By: Connor Gibson

Bobby Ray Inman

Status: 
"Zealots often carry the day"
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Position: 
Non-Executive Chairman

Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1974 to July 1976
Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until 1977
Director of the National Security Agency until 1981
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, February 12, 1981 to June 10, 1982.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990
Board of Directors, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), 1982 to 2003
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation

Evidence: 

In December 2010, Massey Energy's Board of Directors announced that its Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, would retire from the company at the end of 2010. Company president Baxter F. Phillips Jr. was named as the new CEO. Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, Lead Independent Director on the Massey Board, was named as Non-Executive Chairman.

Inman has served on the board of Virginia-based Massey since 1985 — making him the longest-serving board member by far — and is the lead independent director of the company, which has a record of violating safety and environmental rules. Between 2006 and 2008, according to the latest company filings available, he earned more than $1 million in cash, stock and other compensation.

Shortly after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster Inman blamed labor unions for the accident.  He also blamed the large amount of citations UBB accumulated prior to the explosion on an effort by the government to target Massey's non-union mines.

Inman was announced as President Bill Clinton's choice to succeed Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense on December 16, 1993, initially receiving broad bipartisan support. He accepted the post at first, but withdrew his nomination during an unusual press conference on January 18, 1994 that shocked members of both major political parties.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) SAIC is one of the largest private employee-owned corporations and escapes scrutiny because it is privately owned, despite annual revenues of more than $8 billion.

In 1990, while Inman was on the Board of Directors, SAIC was indicted and pled guilty to ten felony counts of fraud on a Superfund site, called "one of the largest of environmental frauds…" in Los Angeles history.

DOE contracted SAIC to manage and operate the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage program

Quotes: 

"[Blankenship] is without a question the best coal miner in the business."

"My anger level is pretty high for the disinformation pushed by unions, I'm a political independent, but this is enough to make a tea partier out of me."

"I'm opening up a hornet's nest."

 

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Koch Brothers, Cuccinelli, Peabody and others Named "Climate Villains"

  • Posted on: 13 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Baxter F. Phillips

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CEO

President of Massey Energy from November 2008 to 2010.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from November 2004 to November 2008,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2003 to November 2004
Vice President and Treasurer from October 2000 to August 2003

He holds a bachelors of Science in business management and a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Evidence: 

Phillips was president during the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine.

In the 10 years Phillips has served as a senior executive at Massey Energy 54 miners have been killed in accidents, more than any other mining company in the US.  

Between 2000 and 2009, while Phillips has held an executive position at Massey, the company received more violations — and more “significant, substantial” violations — than any other coal company. The government cited Massey for 62,923 violations and 25,612 significant ones.
 

Blankenship said “Baxter and I have worked together for 28 years and he will provide the company great executive leadership”

Phillips donated $2,400 to Elliot Maynard, a Justice in the West Viginia Supreme Court who was admonished by the US Supreme Court for vacationing in France with Don Blankenship during a trial involving Massey.  Maynard subsequently sided with Massey in the lawsuit and appealed a $50 million jury verdict against the company.
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The State of the Nation [as Arranged by Polluters, Inc.]

  • Posted on: 9 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Duke Second-in-Command Resigns Amid Revolving Door Ethics Scandal

  • Posted on: 8 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Utility executive to utility regulator: "Would the ethics police have a cow if you and the woman came up some weekend?"

UPDATE 4/13/2012: The Indianapolis Star's John Russel has compiled a full timeline of this scandal: Prying Open the Duke Energy Scandal

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Don Blankenship Retires!!

  • Posted on: 7 December 2010
  • By: JesseColeman

The infamous Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company, has announced he will retire at the end of December.  Given the storms Blankenship had weathered in the past, it came as somewhat of a surprise that the climate change denying, union busting, federal judge bribing, safety law violating, mountain top destroyer is finally calling it quits.  

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