Early this morning, the New York Times released a story that proves that David Bernhardt – Trump’s corrupt, dirty nominee to replace Ryan Zinke as head of the Department of Interior – lied to Congress by continuing to lobby Interior more than a year after he swore he’d stopped.
The evidence is an April 2017 invoice that shows David Bernhardt billed $25,000 “for professional services rendered” in February 2017 – well after he filed official papers saying that he had ended his lobbying activities in April 2016. But it’s only the latest in a string of scandals that clearly show Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest.
It should have been the smoking gun Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee needed to block, or at least delay his nomination. Instead, climate-denying Democrat in name only Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME) and every single Republican voting in favor of Mr. Bernhardt’s confirmation.
But just because these two Democrats are traitors in the face of corruption and climate chaos, doesn’t mean the fight is over. The whole Senate doesn’t vote until next week (or later, if today’s news delays or derails Bernhardt’s nomination). And several Republicans are continuing to withhold how they will vote until Bernhardt promises them special favors and exemptions from his offshore drilling plan.
We need to make sure the whole Senate know’s Bernhardt’s a dirty, corrupt, climate denier before they vote. Sign now, and we’ll deliver your name next week along with our partners.
PS – need a refresher on Bernhardt and the dozens and dozens of shady deals in his past? Click here for the post earlier this week which has links to in depth reporting and investigations from the Times, DeSmogBlog, Outside and more.