It would seem that there should be a way to legally derail their Non Profit status and expose them for what they really are...

Does the FCC regulate advertising?

When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it's on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence.

Is there anything left of the FCC after the Trump administration?

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The Republicans have ALWAYS been way better than the Democrats at behind-the-scenes scamming like this.

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Excellent reporting, Judd and Kyle!

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Agreed, but I wouldn't consider this an especially sophisticated effort. "Your Democrat colleagues"? An immediate tell. Republicans can't help themselves; deviation from the dictated terminology is unimaginable.

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Oh my! I have seen this ad for a week in Politico NY and wondered why ‘The Squad’ would allow their pictures to be used - just seemed odd and weird! I should have written to you Judd right away! But you have done a great job today. Thanks!

I will contact the Congress women and ask why they haven’t objected to this campaign. Hmmm?

ps. When I saw the quote using the word Democrat instead of the proper Democratic - well that was a dead giveaway! The right - wing can cheat and lie, but they do it badly!

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This is right out of the playbook of FPL/NextEra Energy, Florida's monopolistic energy supplier. They have used political donations and dark money contributions to shady organizations and PR firms to fight rooftop solar, to fund "ghost" candidates to run against incumbents who speak their mind against FPL policies, and to cynically manipulate public opinion to maximize their profits. The list of their nefarious practices is long. They have sweetheart deals on rates approved by the "in-their-pocket" FL Public Service Commission, but they apparently believe that they can never be rich enough, no matter whether they have to lie and cheat and use disinformation to manipulate public opinion and the votes of legislators. This has been covered by several newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-ne-matrix-llc-fpl-utilities-climate-change-20220727-y3ava6jmzzar3ep6a67jcgg3gu-story.html

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Judd, there is just so much of this crap out there now. In Washington (State) we have 6 state senator seats in swing districts that are being targeted by the "Washington Leadership Council". If you google the name, you get a website that tells you pretty much....nothing. No list of board members, no "Who we are", nada. They are running a huge paper campaign (as in paper in your snail mail EVERY day against my state senator). On one of the flyers they listed their top 3 donors, and right away I saw that one of them was Altria. Altria? The West Coast isn't exactly tobacco country (LOL), so they must want Republicans in the Legislature in order to lower their corporate tax rates.

But at an event this weekend our state senator said that the GQP spent $15k on some flyers with an error in the database, so that they were all sent to residences in the "3rd District" instead of the "30th District". That district is 260 miles away from us, over by the Idaho border. (LOL)

I'd like to laugh more at all the BS going on, except as a woman and a senior, every single GQP vote on women's reproductive health is impairing my health; I'm so furious that I'm probably going to grind my teeth down to nubs. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that a massive women's vote in November will send a message to the GQP that being white guys voting on legislation limiting women's reproductive health in any way is going to bring you down.

"Not your uterus? Not your business" .

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After reading about United for Clean Energy, I would surmise this group is a wolf in sheep’s clothing trying to sabotage the reconciliation bill before the elections in November. By not answering questions, preferring to text rather than face to face interviews or being ambiguous in their answers only tells me they are hiding their true intentions. I am not buying it.

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Thanks for this deeper dive into that group and excellent reporting in partnerships lately.

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Depending on what type of Non Profit -

yes there are different categories - I

would think further investigation into

their 401 status is necessary. It's been

a few years since I was a board member

of a Non-profit, but our status did not

allow us to make, or receive, donations

that involved any political issues.

As far as filing for 401 status, or

transferring to another person/group,

it's not as difficult as this woman

professes. It's also not difficult to shut

one down: Donald Trump's.

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Excellent work!

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Aug 8, 2022·edited Aug 8, 2022

Thank you for the excellent reporting. I was skeptical at first, as I receive so much spam, junk & other emails attempting to pass as newsworthy reports. But I believe, that being tied in with Robert Reich, you're the real deal. Your reporting appeared to be credible, so I subscribed annually. We need the truth more than ever, after 4 years of the trump/ bannon/ stone/ fox $#!+show. I was crazed during those 4 years, reading too many news stories to count, researching names & backgrounds, in an attempt to sort through the lies vs truth out here. Good to have another source of news, who does not subscribe to " alternate facts." I've shared on my fb page. Truth is the only sword worthy, of cutting through & shredding the darkness being spread of lies & " alternate facts."

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Racing hearts and turning pale - Judd's PI is on your trail!!!

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Yes, I agree with other commentators. Your investigation tracking this Pseudo Climate action group and your other journalistic investigations are so incredibly valuable. Thank you!

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You know what would be great? A flow chart showing the connections so that people don't get confused and lost in a lot of text. A picture is worth a thousand words and while I love your words, this was confusing to follow!

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All the rightwing shenanigans aside, this 400B is way too little too late. Everyone is lying about the seriousness of the crisis and counting on technology that doesn't exist yet--not even conceptually. Buckle up. It's going to get real over the next 15 years.

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