Fourteen men representing the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth (AEEG) are meeting with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Kerry (D-MA), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to negotiate the terms of comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation. Brad Johnson has the background of this remarkably non-diverse group.
Per Matt Yglesias’s note that the “male-dominated nature of Wall Street is a source of dysfunction,” meet the AEEG:
Left to right, top to bottom: David N. Parker, Ed Hamberger Jr., Evan R. Gaddis, Rich Nolan, Jay Timmons, Marv Fertel, Erik Heilman, John S. Shaw, R. Bruce Josten, Thomas R. Kuhn, Mark Maslyn, Jack Gerard, James C. May, Dave McCurdy.These
The AEEG is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-managed working group of the trade associations representing America’s carbon-pollution industries, founded in 2001. Five of these AEEG representatives sit on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100, helping shape the organization’s policy.
Five of the groups are suing to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that greenhouse gases are harmful pollutants “” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Portland Cement Association, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The American Petroleum Institute ran an astroturf campaign against the House climate legislation last year, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for a “Scopes monkey trial” on the science of climate change.
The least conservative of the industry lobbyists are Dave McCurdy of the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, a former New Democrat congressman from Oklahoma (and Wonk Room guest blogger), and former general Evan Gaddis of the National Electric Manufacturers Association. Seven of the lobbyists were George W. Bush contributors, and two others “” Erik Heilman and Rich Nolan “” were Republican staffers. The overall political contributions of these fourteen men is whoppingly Republican, either as a direct contribution or funneled through conservative industry political action committees. They’ve donated $326,497 to Republican candidates compared to $100,346 to Democrats, more than a three-to-one ratio:
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth representatives meeting with Sen. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman:
Industry Representatives at Climate NegotiationsRepresentativeTitleOrganizationPct DMarv Ferteldirector and CEONuclear Energy Institute13Evan Gaddispresident and CEONational Electrical Manufacturers Association47Jack Gerardpresident and CEOAmerican Petroleum Institute20Ed Hambergerpresident and CEOAmerican Association of Railroads5Erik Heilmansenior director of government affairsAmerican Forest & Paper AssociationN/ABruce Jostenexecutive vice president for government affairsU.S. Chamber of Commerce14Tom KuhnpresidentEdison Electric Institute28Mark Maslynexecutive director of public policyAmerican Farm BureauN/AJames C. Maypresident and CEOAir Transport Association33Dave McCurdypresident and CEOAlliance of Automobile Manufacturers76Rich Nolanvice president of government affairsNational Mining Association0David N. Parkerpresident and CEOAmerican Gas Association27John S. Shawsenior vice president of government affairsPortland Cement Association0Jay Timmonsexecutive vice presidentNational Association of Manufacturers2Pct D: Percentage of political contributions to Democrats.This is a Wonkroom repost.