“Not in our wildest dreams, never did we expect to get everything,” a seemingly giddy Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance, an oil and gas industry group, told the New York Times in early 2017.
Sgamma’s apparent incredulity at the Environmental Protection Agency’s pro-polluter posture in the Trump administration’s early days highlights how corporate interests “get everything” under President Trump. While this stance may have been a surprise a year ago, it is now par for the course in Donald Trump’s Washington. The corporate insiders with whom Trump has staffed his administration are doing the industry’s bidding from within.
Read Public Citizen’s new report, “Corporate Oil and Auto Insiders Fuel Trump Policies.”
A Public Citizen review found 77 high-ranking positions have been filled with industry lobbyists, lawyers, former employees and others with oil and/or auto industry conflicts — 52 with oil and gas ties, 15 with auto ties and ten with ties to both. (For the list of the Trump administration’s auto and oil industry insiders, see the table below.) The actual total is undoubtedly higher. The list includes staffers who are currently serving in the administration (59) as well as those who are awaiting Senate confirmation (9) and those who have departed from the administration (9).