Roy Gilbert

FIRST IN PI — NEW NONPROFIT WILL FIGHT GREEN NEW DEAL, PROMOTE NATURAL GAS:

With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman Anonymous donors are funding a new nonprofit designed to fight the Green New Deal and promote natural gas. The nonprofit, called the Empowerment Alliance , aims to counter what Terry Holt , a longtime Republican operative whose firm, HDMK , is running communications for the group, described in an interview as a “flood of left-wing money that would have us virtually shut down” the natural gas industry. He cited groups funded by billionaires such as Michael Bloomberg and George Soros , both of whom are major Democratic donors, as among those the nonprofit will push back against. — Holt declined to disclose the Empowerment Alliance’s budget but said the donors funding the group wanted it to be “a significant factor in the 2020 election.” Jim Nathanson , a longtime Republican operative, is the executive director. The group plans to run ads, engage in grassroots work and reach out to the media and may set up a lobbying operation down the road, Holt said. — The group isn’t disclosing its donors, whom Holt described as “a group of Americans who care about keeping the U.S. strong and powerful and independent.” They don’t want their names made public to avoid the wrath of protesters such as those who staged a demonstration last year in the driveway of the home of Duke Energy ’s chief executive. “Our donors are going to be anonymous so they have protection from that kind of blowback from the extremists,” Holt […]

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