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Environmental
Working Group

and EWG Action Fund

In 2002, the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise filed a complaint with IRS against Environmental Working Group [read the complaint]. The Center called on the IRS [read the news release] to revoke EWG's non-profit status for alleged unlawful lobbying and political action, prompting the creation of the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) lobbying group, legally allowed to influence legislation.



Environmental Working Group and
EWG Action Fund
(501(c)(4) lobbying affiliate
1436 U Street NW

Washington, DC 20009-3987
Phone: (202
) 667-6982
EWG 2008 Income: $6,242,570
EWG 2008 Assets: $5,413,190 including $1,310,945 in publicly traded securities
Action Fund 2008 Income: $153.801
Action Fund 2008 Assets: $118,301

Website: www.ewg.org States names of some foundation funders, but gives no grant amounts or purposes.

Email: info@ewg.org
Formerly a project of the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center, operating with donor advised funds, which may be anonymous to hide the identity of the actual donor.
EIN 52-2148600

(Form 990 available at guidestar.org)

Projects:

Self-description: EWG has three programs: Toxics & Human Health, Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources. Each program uses the power of information--including government-funded data and independent lab results--to make the case for stronger policies that protect the environment and human health.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), founded in 1993, fills a niche in the environmental community by focusing its unique strategy on toxics, agriculture and western lands issues. Our effective advocacy efforts are bolstered by extensive web databases and a 500,000-person email list, which have become major forces in online information distribution. EWG is a national organization with headquarters in Washington, DC, and offices in Oakland, CA and Ames, Iowa.

Actual: EWG, long an opponent of industrial agriculture and advocate for organic farming, uses huge foundation grants to spread anti-industry messages in an attempt to shape public opinion against corporations and capitalism.  In 1992, EWG formed the Clearinghouse for Environmental Advocacy and Research (CLEAR) to smear and destroy the wise use movement that supports the free market system.
 

Convoluted History:

Fictional beginning: Although Ken Cook told the New York Times that EWG was started in 1993, it began receiving foundation grants in 1989. Because EWG was not yet incorporated, it received grants through the IRS tax exemption of the Island Press, in Washington, DC. The small environmental book publisher had been created in 1979 by Mellon heiress Catherine Conover.

Hiding under the skirts: In 1984, Island Press reorganized as the Center for Resource Economics / Island Press, giving Ken Cook a job as "vice president for policy" from 1989 to 1993. Cook got $5 million in grants for EWG from 17 foundations.

Tides takes over: In 1993 EWG went under the umbrella of the Tides Foundation. Tides founder Drummond Pike became a permanent member of the Center for Resource Economics' board of directors, as well as a permanent board member of EWG. Catherine Conover remained a director of the Center for Resource Economics and one of the largest donors to Pike's Tides organizations. EWG was shifted to the newly-created Tides Center during a 1990s reorganization.

EWG emerged from the Tides umbrella in 1999 and incorporated in Washington, DC, but the Tides influence remains, with Drummond Pike ruling as its Chairman.

 

Environmental Working Group Officers and Directors - 2010

Name Title Compensation
KENNETH COOK PRESIDENT $219,401 salary
$21,295 benefits
RICHARD WILES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT (POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS) $179,218 salary
$20,988 benefits
JANE HOULIHAN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT (RESEARCH) $150,226 salary
$19,488 benefits
DRUMMOND PIKE CHAIR $0
STEVEN DAMATO TREASURER $0
SANDY BUCHANAN SECRETARY $0
DAVID BAKER BOARD MEMBER $0
REV. SALLY BINGHAM BOARD MEMBER $0
CHARLOTTE BRODY BOARD MEMBER $0
PETE MYERS BOARD MEMBER $0
PERRY WALLACE BOARD MEMBER $0
MEREDITH WINGATE BOARD MEMBER $0
ALICIA WITTINK BOARD MEMBER $0
Laura Turner Seydel BOARD MEMBER $0
Pete Myers BOARD MEMBER $0

Environmental Working Group Highest Paid Employees - 2008

Name Title Compensation
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL VP INFO TECHNOLOGY $136,909
WILLIAM WALKER VP WEST COAST $136,448
SANDRA SCHUBERT DIR. OF GOV. AFFAIRS $127,229
ALEXANDER FORMUZIS DIR. OF COMMUNICATIONS $120,592
SUSAN COMFORT VP FINANCE $115,752

Connecting the Dots, 2010
Interlocking Directorates and Influential
Linkages


KENNETH COOK

Spouse, Deb Callahan, president, Heinz Center; previously head of the League of Conservation Voters; previously with W. Alton Jones Foundation, leading foe of Ron's Wise Use Movement (secret EGA session tape)


RICHARD WILES

Co-founder of EWG and former Executive Director; now Senior Vice President (Policy and Communications); former staff, National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture;


DRUMMOND PIKE

More tentacles than an octopus: see the personal profile and the Tides Network.
Drummond Pike

Tides, Inc
Tides Foundation (includes grant data)Tides Center (includes grant data)
Tides Center Project List
Tides Board Member Affiliations


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STEVEN DAMATO

Partner, Changing Seas, LLC, organic seafood company; co-owner of Restaurant Nora, first certified organic restaurant in the U.S.


SANDY BUCHANAN

Executive director, Ohio Citizen Action.


DAVID BAKER

Founder and executive director, Community Against Pollution (CAP); member, NAACP, Coalition for Black Trade Unionists.


SALLY BINGHAM

Environmental Minister, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; founder and executive director, The Regeneration Project, environment/religion ministry.


PETE MYERS

CEO and Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences; former director of the now-defunct W. Alton Jones Foundation where he worked with then-staff member, Deb Callahan, wife of EWG President Ken Cook. Co-author, Our Stolen Future: How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival-- A Scienti .
 

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