Email Suggests Coordination Between Dem Financial Official And Dark Money-Backed Group Pushing ‘Woke’ Investing

Email Suggests Coordination Between Dem Financial Official And Dark Money-Backed Group Pushing ‘Woke’ Investing

  • February 12, 2024

Nick Pope, Daily Caller

An email reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation reveals that a nonprofit pushing green investment practices attempted to coordinate with a Democratic financial official to publish an op-ed on climate investment regulations in the official’s name.

The email shows that an employee of Ceres, a green shareholder activism organization that has received money from a major left-wing foundation, reached out to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office in April 2022 to pitch a draft of an op-ed potentially to be published under his name and that of New York City Comptroller Brad Lander by The New York Times, which later ran a June 2022 piece under Lander’s name headlined “Investors Deserve to Know the Climate Risks Their Assets Face.”

“This episode raises a series of questions regarding ethics and the public’s ability to place its trust, and its finances, in its government officials,” Michael Chamberlain, the executive director of Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog group, told the DCNF. “Regardless of whether the relationship is consistent with the letter of ethics laws, the public certainly could be forgiven for looking askance at the individual placed in charge of making investment decisions regarding public funds serving on the board of an organization that clearly has an interest in how those investments are directed.”

“The issues inherent with that relationship would absolutely be exacerbated if that organization was caught surreptitiously placing words in his mouth through ghost-written media campaigns designed to leverage official government titles for the benefit of well-financed special interests,” Chamberlain added.

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