This past February, Kathryn Marshall, former spokesy for Ethical Oil
, and Brittany Allison, Interim Executive Director of British Columbians For Prosperity
, had a "girls night"
at a West Vancouver restaurant.
You'll recall Ethical Oil's Kathryn Marshall, formerly of the Koch-funded Fraser Institute
"Successfully recruited major prospects for donations and sponsorships and built and maintained relationships between the Fraser Institute and donors. May 2008 – July 2009 "... and her hapless tv stints raving against "foreign special interests and their deep pockets
" that secretly funded opposition to the tarsands' efforts to get its ethical bitumen to Chinese markets.
"I'm just a student with a website," insisted Kathryn - wife of Hamish Marshall, former manager of strategic planning in Stephen Harper’s PMO
, whose company Go Newclear Productions, created and hosted websites for Ethical Oil and Con MPs Joe Oliver, Pierre Poilievre and Jason Kenney.
She took over the job from former American Enterprise Institute intern Alykhan Velshi
, who left Jason Kenney's employ in 2011 to head up the website based on Ezra Levant's book of the same name
and returned to Harper's office afterwards as planning director
After her came Jamie Ellerton, executive assistant - first to Jason Kenney til September 2010 and then to teabaggin' Tim Hudak .
Ethical Oil's specialty was attack ads.
Recently, climate change skeptic Ezra Levant, who interned with Koch 20 years ago, has pondered in the pages of the Edmonton Sun whether environmentalist groups in Canada are funded by Putin.
For all their concern about foreign funding, neither Velshi nor Marshall ever answered repeated media questions about whether Enbridge or any other Canadian corporate interest was backing Ethical Oil. Ironically, at the timeEnbridge's chair and 5 out of 12 directors were American.
Kathryn's 'girls night' buddy, Brittany Allison, also maintains a focus on shadowy foreign funding from her perch at BC4P moneytrail.ca : FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL AND EXPLORE THE U.S. FOUNDATION FUNDING HYPOCRISY THAT'S IMPACTING CANADA'S SOVEREIGNTY
"Wealthy American Foundations pump millions of dollars into campaigns to halt Canadian oil sands production and pipelines."According to BC4P, that would be the Foundations Rockefeller, Pew, and Tides, among 70 odd others.
BC4P Interim Policy Director Brittany Allison was previously
"Policy Researcher in the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa and Research Officer in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria"prior to being Public Affairs Advisor for Fraser Surrey Docks coal expansion project.
Like Ethical Oil, BC4P director and frequent CBC commentator Alise Mills also declines to reveal their sources of funding.
Foreign funding researcher Vivian Krause, who you would expect to be a natural political soul sister to these two, stated in a Kootenay Co-op radio interview in April
that in addition to her objection to BC4P's flawed arguments - [transcript in comment #8
"I'm not involved with that group at all. They asked me to be involved but they wouldn't disclose their own funding sources so I wasn't willing to work with them."
Like Ethical Oil before them, BC4P has likely come to the end of its robocalling astroturfing usefulness
, only to be replaced by yet another *grassroots org* of undisclosed funding - - like this one :Canada Action
Plan"Full Value for Canadian Resources - Support Northern Gateway"
Just two guys with a grassroots website ...
... and a op ed in the CAPP/Postmedia partnership world
of the Vancouver Sun a month ago :Pipeline fear factor is inappropriate
... and a *surprise* visit from Ezra Levant
at the "No Enbridge!" Sunset Beach protest in Vancouver where their Canada Action counter-protest banners were big enough to block the view of the ocean.
Two days ago, Olivia Ward had a piece in The Star : Billionaire Koch brothers are big oil players in Alberta
as the largest foreign landholder.
"During an ill-fated run for vice-president in 1980, David Koch campaigned on a platform
that promoted destruction of the social welfare system, repeal of taxation and an end to public education, children’s services, government medical care, minimum wage laws and environmental regulation.
But through the Kochs’ persistence and lavish funding, their libertarian ideas are now part of the Republican Party’s agenda, and they have helped to change the face of America.
Founding or funding groups like the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the American Enterprise Institute and the State Policy Network — which acts as a seed bank for dozens of others — the Kochs gradually inched across the political landscape.In Canada, Koch’s presence in the oil sands has set environmentalists’ teeth on edge as the brothers back U.S. climate skeptics, tout fossil fuels and oppose the Obama administration’s environmental agenda."The Kochtopus
with its unfettered free market oil-friendly political tentacles winding
"into the mainstream through the tea party and "dark money" political coalitions that allow donors to shield their identity while funding attack ads "In the same article, Ward interviews Kenneth Green, the Fraser Institute's Energy and Natural Resources director. Although she doesn't mention it, Green spent 3 years with the Fraser Institute and then seven with the Koch and Exxon-funded American Enterprise Institute
before cycling back to the Fraser Institute again last year. In 2007 while with AEI, Green offered $10,000 each to any scientists willing to refute the IPCC's climate change report.
Ward :"Fraser Institute president Niels Veldhuis says that although Koch contributed $115,000 to the Fraser Institute in the past year, “it is for our Economic Freedom of the World project
You know, the next time you two girls get together to talk 'foreign special interests and their deep pockets', you might want to have a look into that. .