For the 2014 election between Koch Companies Public Sector, Charles Koch and family Governor Nikki Haley received $14,000. When previously blogged concerning Nikki Haley receiving donations from Koch Public Sector I didn’t realize that Koch Public Sector and Governor Nikki Haley were members of an energy board. All southern Governors and territories along with other elected officials in their state sit on the Southern States Energy Board.
As a private enterprise and Associate member Koch Companies Public Sector makes annual contribution to the board.
Koch Brothers are likely the biggest campaign spender across the United States tyring to influence elections. The Koch Brothers are also big polluters.
There are current cases filed in South Carolina Courts concerning Georgia-Pacific. In Georgia once again Georgia-Pacific was found guilty of pollution violations.
Once again another demonstration in which the Koch Brothers have establish their influence, and another reason we need to look closely at the campaign money elected officials receive.
SSEB was created by state law and consented to by Congress with a broad mandate to contribute to the economic and community well-being of the southern region.
The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) is a non-profit interstate compact organization created in 1960 and established under Public Laws 87-563 and 92-440. The Board’s mission is to enhance economic development and the quality of life in the South through innovations in energy and environmental policies, programs and technologies. Sixteen southern states and two territories comprise the membership of SSEB: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. Each jurisdiction is represented by the governor and a legislator from the House and Senate. A governor serves as the chair and legislators serve as vice-chair and treasurer. Ex-officio non-voting Board members include a federal representative appointed by the President of the United States, the Southern Legislative Conference Energy and Environment Committee Chair and SSEB’s executive director, who serves as secretary.
SSEB was created by state law and consented to by Congress with a broad mandate to contribute to the economic and community well-being of the southern region. The Board exercises this mandate through the creation of programs in the fields of energy and environmental policy research, development and implementation, science and technology exploration and related areas of concern. SSEB serves its members directly by providing timely assistance designed to develop effective energy and environmental policies and programs and represents its members before governmental agencies at all levels.
Listed below are value-added services that SSEB member states and its citizens receive as members of the Compact.
- SSEB obtains funding for state and regional projects at the request of its membership, committees and working task forces. This funding provided to our states generally is far in excess of appropriations paid to SSEB by its members.
- SSEB negotiates collective funding for member states on programs that support energy and environmental research, education and training, technology development, regulatory reform and other key issue areas.
- SSEB funds the direct participation of state officials in projects and activities in order to enable states to remain current on new programs, trends and technologies while decreasing the impact of travel on member state budgets.
- SSEB works directly with businesses and industries on specific economic development projects that create and sustain jobs and expand the economy.
- SSEB provides regional forums, summits, conferences and workshops in member states that stimulate and promote economic development while facilitating peer and professional development.
- SSEB conducts training and professional development activities that address energy and environmental programs and technologies.
- SSEB conducts research and recommends solutions to specific issues on request of member state officials and businesses.
- SSEB supports improved energy efficient technologies that pollute less and contribute to a clean global environment while protecting indigenous natural resources for future generations.
Sources of Support
Core funding for the Board comes from the appropriations of its 18 member jurisdictions. Each member’s share of support is determined by a formula written into the original Compact. The formula uses relative state population, per capita income and equal shares as factors. The Board has not requested an increase in state appropriations since 1987.
The Board also is authorized to accept funds from any state, federal agency, interstate agency, institution, person, firm or corporation provided those funds are used for the Board’s purposes and functions. This year, additional support was received for special projects from research grants, cooperative agreements and contracts from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Alion Science and Technology Corporation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various other funding sources.
In addition, SSEB maintains an Associate Members program comprised of industry partners who provide an annual contribution to the Board. Membership includes organizations from the non-governmental sector, such as corporations, trade associations and public advocacy groups. The Associate Members program provides an opportunity for public officials and industry representatives to exchange ideas, define objectives and advance energy and environmental planning to improve and enhance the South’s well-being.
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC is currently an Associate Member of The Southern States Energy Board. They were also members when they handed Governor Nikki Haley campaign contributions.
Mr. George Guidry
State Government Affairs
Mr. Allen Richardson
Regional Manager-State Government Affairs
Founded in 1984, the Associate Members Program represents the region’s leading energy and technology providers and contributes invaluable expertise on the economic and social implication of federal and state energy and environmental policies. These activities are integral to providing a balanced and responsible approach to environmental regulation that is economical and efficient.
The Associate Members gather frequently throughout the year to address such issues as federal energy and environmental policy and also have addressed matters including the re-emergence of the nuclear industry, grid modernization, state responses to energy emergencies, energy security, low-income home energy assistance, air quality, carbon management, natural gas supply and infrastructure, water for energy, and state energy and environmental legislation.