Al Gore climate lobby effort melting: Staff cut 90%, budget down 80%; Ex-donor calls goals ‘naive’

Buzzfeed reports:

The numbers, according to a review of the nonprofit’s tax filings, show the change has been severe. In 2009, at its peak, Gore’s group had more than 300 employees, with 40 field offices across 28 states, and a serious war chest: It poured $28 million into advertising and promotion, and paid about $200,000 in lobbying fees at the height of the “cap and trade” energy bill fight on Capitol Hill.
Today, the group has just over 30 people on staff and has abandoned its on-the-ground presence — all of its field offices have since shut down — in favor of a far cheaper digital advocacy plan run out of Washington. Advertising expenses have decreased from the millions to the thousands, and the organization no longer lobbies lawmakers. Donations and grants have declined, too — from $87.4 million in 2008 to $17.6 million in 2011, and many of its high-profile donors have drifted away, one telling BuzzFeed she now sees the group’s initial vision as “very naïve.”

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4 thoughts on “Al Gore climate lobby effort melting: Staff cut 90%, budget down 80%; Ex-donor calls goals ‘naive’”

  1. Gore himself, yes. However, Naive is the better term for the rank and file. I’ve seen TCEQ field agents fresh out of school, ready to take on the evil polluting corporations, and then get taken aback at the fact that we aren’t evil.

  2. Howdy benofhouston
    And there’s a real environmentalist movement about good stewardship. Alas, the genuine environmentalist/conservation movement struggles in the shadow of the watermelon movement.
    Gore remains as you and I have said, willfully blind or, in my opinion more likely, actively a wicked mad. He makes large sums of money by peddling a line of falsehoods and the result is energy poverty for many, unemployment for some, and reduced standards of living for all but the elite. Like himself.

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