Climate Investigations Center Utilizes Dark Money Network to Obscure its Funders

The Climate Investigations Center (CIC), a database of energy company documents that the climate activist community has hailed for publishing internal industry communications, has its own hypocritical lack of transparency. New reporting by the Free Beacon reveals that Kert Davies, CIC’s founder and director, is funding his database through a series of opaque passthrough organizations supported by billionaire funders at the heart of the “Exxon Knew” and climate litigation campaigns.

Darker than Dark Money

CIC is not registered as a non-profit with the IRS, despite describing itself as “a not-for-profit association of writers and advocates” in a 2016 complaint filed with the Department of Energy over the production of a Freedom of Information Act request. In addition, the organization does not produce annual reports, list its funders, or disclose its parent organization. In 2018, the New York Times described CIC as an “allied group” of Greenpeace, which is “supported by anonymous donors seeking to limit the risks of climate change.” CIC’s lack of transparency and the anonymity of its donors and monetary support make this organization darker than dark money.

Instead of registering as a nonprofit, CIC lives under the parent entity Our Next Economy, according to reporting by the Free Beacon.



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