1. Some of the nation's top climate leaders are participating in a virtual climate summit today - sponsored by Big Oil and Phillip Morris

The sponsors bought the right to be featured during the event

How did this happen?

@emorwee and I investigated

@emorwee 2. The event is being organized by @thehill.

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and other climate luminaries are participating.

Sponsors include @APIenergy and @InsidePMI.

3. As part of their sponsorship package, @thehill sold API and Phillip Morris the right to present a "sponsors perspective" during various presentations.

When we asked one participant about the sponsors role, she told us she had decided to drop out.

4. @JayInslee's office told us that he wasn't aware of the sponsors before agreeing to participate, but thought it was a good opportunity to push his clean energy message anyway.

@thehill said all invitees were informed of the sponsors in advance.

5. We talked to climate experts and advocates and many objected to the participation of Inslee, McCarthy, and others.

"It seems to me that the most committed and powerful climate champions in government are being co-opted by the oil and gas industry"

6. Can the oil and tobacco industries be part of a good faith discussion on climate?

"The communication strategies of fossil fuels and big tobacco are virtually identical: they are both pretending to change, while obstructing real solutions that would impact your business model"
7. You would be unlikely to read this story from any institutional media outlet because corporate-sponsored events are a lucrative revenue stream.

But there are serious ethical questions.

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UPDATE: @pfizer pledged not to donate to any of the 147 Republican objectors for at least 6 months and then donated $2500 to @RepAdrianSmith, who voted against certification, on 3/17

Pfizer has ignored my inquires about the donation, but I've obtained an internal email w/answers
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1. Today is the most significant FEC deadline since the 1/6 insurrection.

We'll learn which corporations are keeping their promises and which are hoping people have stopped paying attention.

I'll be tracking the most significant filings in this thread.

Follow if interested.
2. @Toyota, which after 1/6 said it would be "assessing our future PAC criteria," donated $1,000 to @RepJeffDuncan, who voted to overturn the election results, on March 5.
3. This is the 6th member who voted to overturn the election that later received a donation from @Toyota:

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1. Hundreds of corporations have signed onto a new letter supporting "the right to vote" and opposing "discriminatory legislation" and I'm not impressed.

Here's why.
2. The statement does not address specific voter suppression bills that are under consideration in Texas, Arizona and elsewhere.

And the organizers of the letter made clear that there is no expectation that the signatories oppose any specific bills.
3. This is exactly what we saw in Georgia where a number of companies endorsed a broad statement in support of voting rights issued by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce but stayed silent on individual bills.

These kind of statements have no impact.
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1. There is no one with a more cynical approach to politics than @JDVance1

This will be a short thread.

Follow if interested.
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In preparation for that his friend and business partner, billionaire corporate executive Peter Theil, has donated $10 MILLION, to a Super PAC that supports his candidacy
3. Theil is the chairman of Palantir, on the board of Facebook, and runs a hedge fund.

Backed by this mountain of corporate cash, Vance has the audacity to present himself as someone who is prepared to take on the elite and corporate power

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13 Apr
1. Corporations received a lot of positive press for holding a Zoom call discussing the possibility of action in support of voting rights but there is no time to waste.

Texas could approve new voter suppression bills any day.

2. Corporate America failed to act with focus and urgency in Georgia and many companies issued statements opposing new restrictions AFTER the bill was signed into law.

Will they repeat the same mistake in Texas?

3. One thing that is getting lost is that very few companies have spoken out specifically against the Texas bills, HB6 and SB7.

And none have said they will cut off funding to the sponsors of these bills.

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UPDATE: @Toyota, which after 1/6 said it would be "assessing our future PAC criteria," donated $1000 to @virginiafoxx, who objected to the certification of the Electoral College, on 3/22, according to a new FEC filing
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After 1/6, @Truist said it was "carefully reviewing our political engagement practices to assure that Truist exclusively supports candidates who advance unity and democracy"

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