Ten years later, the situation has changed little. Then as now, the state’s leading energy-policy organization calls itself Fresh Energy (tagline: “Bold policy for a just, carbon-free future.”).
The St. Paul-based nonprofit Fresh Energy has taken in more than $22 million in revenue over the last five years for which financial data are available:
To their credit, Fresh Energy is completely transparent as to who is funding their efforts. The organization identifies every donor by name, year after year, right down to the smallest, $1 contributor.
Based on their disclosures, we tracked down a handful of their donors:
The above donations total more than $14 million. The above table is not meant to be an exhaustive list of Fresh Energy’s big-money backers or even a complete list of donations received from those organizations. The point is that Fresh Energy is taking millions of dollars from out-of-state foundations to support a staff of 30 working full-time to influence state energy policy.