Liberal donors funneled millions of dollars to environmental groups in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral victory, likely worried the future White House will roll back federal global warming regulations.
The Sierra Club claims it has gotten about 11,000 new monthly donors since the election, more than nine times the number of its best month ever. The group told Bloomberg News it’s already raised about $3 million.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) claims they’ve have already raised $250,000 off the election, and the Natural Resources Defense Council also reported surges in donations due to Trump’s victory.
“I’m the fundraiser, so I’m usually the person initiating the conversation,” Mary Nemerov, Sierra Club’s chief advancement officer, told Bloomberg. “Right now, donors are reaching out to us to initiate that conversation.”
Other fundraisers told Bloomberg they expect the surge in donations to continue as Trump attempts to roll back environmental regulations. Green blogs are already beginning “Trump Watch” columns, solely to track the activities of the future president.
Green groups were alreadly flush with cash. In 2012, The Sierra Club took in $97.8 million with its Foundation getting another $47.2 million. The same year, the Environmental Defense Fund listed $111.9 million in earnings and the Natural Resources Defense Council took in $98.7 million.
At least $23 million of this tidal wave of green cash came from organizations tied to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which has a vested interest in preventing America from accessing its oil and natural gas.
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