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Law Firm Behind Washington D.C. Climate Lawsuit Received Over $1.7 Million in Grant Money from Activist Foundation

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Public tax filings show that in 2017 and 2018, a San Francisco-based non-profit with ties to key funders of the “Exxon Knew” campaign gave roughly $1.75 million in grant money to the for-profit law firm Sher Edling – the firm recently hired by Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to sue ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell for allegedly misleading consumers on climate change.

Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) claims it works “closely with philanthropists to achieve significant outcomes,” focusing on “conservation of land, ocean, and water resources, climate change resilience, and conservation funding and policies that benefit all communities.” However, it appears they left out one key item: funneling well over a million dollars to a for profit law firm.


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