by Rob Morse
We don’t have the Keystone XL pipeline bringing oil to America for a simple reason. Oh, the deal is good for us, maybe even great for us, but the deal is bad for President Obama. The President’s environmentalist donors will shun him if he approves the pipeline. That means no green campaign donations from the Greens. Obama won’t sign the deal because the oil pipeline company didn’t promise to pay tens of millions of dollars for the next several years to make up for Obama’s lost campaign donations. Not yet. That is politics in America these days; the politicians win and we lose. Progressives want more of the same.
The obvious environmental organizations are the Natural Resources Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Action, Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club. The green lobby has lots to offer Obama and the Democrats. They have high dollar donors. They have lobbying power in state and federal committee testimony. They have academics on retainer to submit expert testimony. Most important, they have databases of qualified donors, activists and voters they will share. These are the political benefits that the IRS will now tax as in-kind contributions for conservatives, but will ignore from progressives.
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