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August 6, 2004

Many environmental groups bash the Bush Administration despite the fact that they receive grants from the federal government, says to the Capital Research Center.

During the Bush administration:

  • The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has received $2.6 million from the Environmental Protection Agency, but is now joining other environmental groups in launching anti-Bush efforts in battleground states.
  • The Tides Center, a radical group which sponsors social and political activists, received $2,163,898 in taxpayer-funded grants in 2003.
  • The National Audubon Society overtly criticizes the Bush administration, yet has received $1,630,841 in grants from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, HUD and the EPA.
  • The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which actively supports the Kyoto Treaty opposed by the Bush Administration, has received $11,677,035 in federal grant money this year.

An audit by the White House Office of Management and Budget reveals that the federal grants support uncontroversial projects, but the grants do free up other funds for political advocacy.

The Bush Administration is reducing its grants to the NRDC and the WWF. Meanwhile, the NRDC is planning an "Environmental Accountability Fund" which will highlight the "misdeeds of Bush environmental policies."

Source: David J. Healy, "Environmental Groups Get Tax Dollars from the Bush Administration, Urge Voters to Dump Bush," Capital Research Center, July 30, 2004.


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