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Media Inquiries: Contact Kimberly Adams, September 14, 2020 (Montgomery, Alabama)

September 14, 2020 (Montgomery, Alabama) – Last week the Jobkeeper Alliance filed an ethics complaint in Florida against Alissa Jean Schafer, an elected official, implicating her employer, the Energy and Policy Institute.

The complaint outlines Schafer’s financial filing with the State of Florida that shows she received income from the Energy and Policy Institute through a corporation she owns. While Schafer claims she received money from the Energy and Policy Institute, no records exist that show the Energy and Policy Institute has ever existed under state or federal law, making it impossible for her to have received income from them.

For years, the Energy and Policy Institute has masqueraded as a “watchdog” for consumers and a champion for transparency when, in fact, they are the truest form of a “dark money” group that could exist as they have never registered as a tax-abiding entity and refuse to reveal their own funders. This fact drew the attention recently of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who has challenged the group to reveal its legal status.

While hiding behind a veil of dark money, this San Francisco-based group with ties to the Chinese and US solar industry continues to advocate for policies that will hurt consumers while benefiting foreign solar interests.

“The public deserves to know who pays the salaries of Alissa Schafer, Daniel Tait, and the many others who work under the name Energy and Policy Institute,” said Kimberly Adams, Executive Director of the Jobkeeper Alliance. “If the group really values transparency, it can start by answering the simplest of questions: who are they and who pays for their work?”