On June 14, 2017, DeSmog reported on the PR firm behind Your Energy America, the a newly formed front group pushing Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline (see story below). By tracing the hosting information for the group’s website, DeSmog found evidence pointing to the PR firm behind the group: DDC Advocacy. “Short for Democracy, Data & Communications, DDC’s founding partner, chairman, and CEO, B.R. McConnon in the past ‘has acted as a key contact and spokesperson for [National Federation for Independent Business],’ according to his LinkedIn. NFIB takes funding from Koch Industries and other major corporate interests, and McConnon began his career as a policy analyst for the Koch-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy, the precursor to Americans for Prosperity.”
The article goes on to describe DDC’s other activities, including the American Petroleum Institute’s Energy Citizens campaign to promote fracking in the Marcellus Shale, and work for Phillip Morris on a website trying to fend off efforts to mandate plain packaging for the tobacco industry.
Read the full article here.