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Follow The EPA Money

March 28, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From the Daily Caller:


Six nonprofit groups that criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts failed to mention the nearly $179 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants they’ve received since 2009, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group (The DCNF) analysis of federal spending data.

The agency has funded thousands of such groups since former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, but The DCNF focused only on six of the largest nonprofit recipients in its analysis of grant data compiled by the watchdog Open The Books.


Those nonprofits also received additional funding from other federal agencies across the government. It’s possible some or all of these groups will see their federal funding slashed or eliminated all together if Trump’s budget proposal is approved.

The six nonprofits have varying missions and represent EPA’s widespread use of taxpayer funds to advance the environmental agency’s legislative, public relations and regulatory agenda. For example, the largest recipient – Senior Service America Inc. – provides low-paying jobs to senior citizens. (RELATED: Six Fed-Funded Non-Profits Are ‘Scandals Waiting To Happen’)

Not surprisingly, Trump’s proposed budget cuts “would be absolutely devastating,” Senior Service America research manager Bob Harootyan told NBC News on March 16. The group has taken more than $533 million from federal agencies, including EPA, since 2009, mostly through a Department of Labor program Trump has proposed to eliminate.

Additionally, 99.6 percent of Senior Service America’s revenue in 2015 was government funded, according to the group’s 990 tax form.

The remaining five groups analyzed advocate for aggressive EPA regulatory action to ensure clean water, clean air, conservation and support for environmental science research. They, like Senior Service America, railed against Trump’s proposed budget cuts, but omitted the fact that they received millions in federal funding.

“Rather than making public health a priority, it places the health and safety of all Americans at risk,” American Lung Association President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer claimed in a statement, for example.

Wimmer listed ways he believes the budget cuts would hurt the country, but hid the fact that his organization and its local affiliates have taken $16.3 million in EPA funding since Obama’s inauguration, TheDCNF’s analysis found.

The remaining four nonprofits made similar criticisms in statements while neglecting to publicize their financial stake in the budget cuts.

Meanwhile, it’s likely that state agencies – typically among the largest EPA grant recipients – gave the nonprofits and their state and regional affiliates additional funds, which were not included in TheDCNF’s analysis.

The American Lung Association of the Southwest, for example, received just over $386,000 from federal agencies in fiscal year 2015. But the group reported that it received more than $1.9 million in government grants, according to its 990 tax form, meaning more than $1.5 million likely came from state and local grants.

It would be nearly impossible to calculate how many non-federal government grants were awarded to the groups and their dozens of affiliates.

The Environmental Council of the States – an association of state environmental agency chiefs and a recipient of nearly $13.7 million from the EPA – even addressed concerns over cuts to state agencies.

“[T]he cuts to the core state programmatic grants are untenable,” the group’s president and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner, John Linc Stine, said in a statement. The Environmental Council of the States also published a report on March 15 showing states operate 96 percent of the federal environmental programs and the EPA provides 27 percent of the funds for state environmental agency budgets on average.

Stine didn’t mention the nearly $13.7 million her organization took in EPA grants.

“Our concern with the president’s budget have to do with the cuts to” an EPA grant program that awards funds to state and tribal environmental agencies, the council’s Executive Director Alexandra Dunn told The DCNF, adding that the council only receives a minimal funding from that program.

“We do not know how our funding will be affected going forward,” she continued.

American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO Rush Holt said through a spokesman that “like many nonprofit organizations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) receives funding from a variety of sources — including philanthropic sources, federal agencies, publishing revenue and membership dues — to advance educational and public activities.”

“AAAS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has worked for 169 years to advance science and serve society. We don’t hesitate to speak on issues that may impede the advancement of science to benefit all people.”


We have seen the same incestual relationship between the EU and environmental groups, whereby EU money is sent to the latter so that they can lobby the EU.

It is time this misuse of taxpayers’ money was ended.

  1. March 28, 2017 11:52 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:

  2. March 28, 2017 12:26 pm

    I hope President Trump has a productive trip to EPA Headquarters to sign an order repealing Obama’s executive order.

    As for American Lung Association President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer’s claim: “Rather than making public health a priority, it places the health and safety of all Americans at risk”

    I live where I grew up in northern West Virginia. During the 1950’s we could not leave porch furniture out due to the soot. Nylon items would change color. I remember the gob piles burning (coal tailings piled so high they caught fire by spontaneous combustion–finally figured out to not pile them so high). Also I vividly remember driving up to Dellslow past the beehive coke ovens so spectacular at night. Shopping trips to Pittsburgh meant the collars of daddy’s and my brothers’ shirts would be grimy from the soot. None of my family has suffered from any lung problems. My parents lived to their late 80’s and middle 90’s. I would say to Mr. Wimmer, “No one in my family has ever smoked.” WV passed laws to take care of some of the problems. Pittsburgh cleaned itself up decades ago. These groups lobby for a lower standard of life for the rest of us while totally ignoring the technology which overcomes environmental problems.

    As for the bleating of AAAS: “AAAS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has worked for 169 years to advance science and serve society. We don’t hesitate to speak on issues that may impede the advancement of science to benefit all people.” My late father, a professor of chemistry with his PhD from MIT, referred to that group as the “American Association for the Assassination of Science.” They have succeeded.

  3. rwoollaston permalink
    March 28, 2017 12:30 pm

    “Nonprofit Groups” sounds so virtuous doesn’t it? Almost like they’re volunteers, rather than trousering large chunks of government dosh!

    • dennisambler permalink
      March 28, 2017 12:45 pm

      “Not for Profit” but not for nothing!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 28, 2017 12:47 pm

      I don’t think their employees are ‘nonprofit’ – very much the opposite.

    • Jim, Wisconsin permalink
      March 29, 2017 12:07 am

      I sit on the BOD of three “not for profits”, they all have one thing in common, NOBODY gets paid.
      Small community service organizations that meet on weekends and weeknights and find ways to give back to the area we live in.

      Organizations, like those mentioned in the article, give not for profits a bad name and make our challenges that much more difficult.

  4. Bitter&twisted permalink
    March 28, 2017 1:02 pm

    I hear the sound of subsidy-fed pigs squealing as the trough (hopefully) runs dry.

    • March 28, 2017 6:59 pm

      And it is a lovely sound. Since they were deaf to our attempts, likely they cannot hear themselves squealing.

  5. AlecM permalink
    March 28, 2017 4:38 pm

    Over here the Royal Society has, like the AAAS, become dependent on state funding, with until last year a predictable result. It has now set out to be honest.

    • March 28, 2017 6:57 pm

      It is just neither wise nor safe to put elitists in charge. They are a dependable disaster.

  6. March 28, 2017 6:56 pm

    Trump just signed the dagger through the energy-killing Obama regulations at EPA!!

  7. March 29, 2017 7:13 am

    Drain…. the…. swamp…

  8. nigel permalink
    March 29, 2017 9:36 am

    According to one news report there are

    “…anxieties inside an already tense agency…”

    Ah, the delicious Schadenfreude! Rats plopping into the water, any minute now.

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