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Another Connection Between Rendell and the Gas Industry

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Rendell currently works as special counsel at the Philadelphia law firm, Ballard Spahr, which promotes its work "on the forefront" of the development of the Marcellus Shale.

Former Governor Ed Rendell faced criticism after he published a pro-fracking op-ed in the New York Daily News last month and failed to mention his connections to the natural gas industry.

ProPublica first reported that after stepping down has governor, Rendell was hired as a paid consultant to a private equity firm with investments in the natural gas industry. The Daily News subsequently added a disclosure statement at the end of his column.

Now ProPublica is reporting Rendell has another connection to the gas industry. He’s worked for the Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr, both before and after his time in office:

Rendell is currently special counsel at the firm, and is a member of its energy and project finance and environment and natural resources practice areas, his spokeswoman said.

The firm touts its work “on the forefront” of the development of the Marcellus Shale, the formation under Pennsylvania and other states from which a vast quantity of natural gas is now being extracted.

A February report by the Buffalo N.Y.-based Public Accountability Initiative called “Fracking and the Revolving Door In Pennsylvania” detailed the industry ties of many of the state’s top public officials, including the past three governors and every head of the Department of Environmental Protection.


  • Pat Henderson

    What ProPublica itself fails to disclose is their ties to the anti-natural gas industry. Where do they get their funding? For starters, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Sandlers Foundation.

    The Sandlers Foundation itself has $69 million invested in Farallon Institutional Capital Partners, whose founder, Tom Steyer, has been a leading
    Democratic activist, fundraiser, and billionaire investor in alternative and renewable energy. Steyer backed legislative efforts to support California’s
    wind and solar mandate; founded Stanford University’s renewable energy research institute, and railed against Mitt Romney’s support of fossil fuels at the 2012
    Democratic National Convention.

    NPR, which created StateImpact, also has received significant funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

  • Michael S. Knapp

    What I’d love to see is StateImpact start taking a look at the financial incentives of those on the other side. Josh Fox has raked in millions of dollars ($750,000 in one check from HBO). Why exactly is he above scrutiny? His voice is more influential in this debate than former Governor Rendell’s, his wallet is lined with far more cash tied to this debate than Rendell, and as soon as this debate ends, Fox will be completely irrelevant. I can’t think of anyone that is so influential, making so much cash, with so much riding on this debate, with absolutely ZERO scrutiny into HIS finances. Nobody stands to gain/lose as much as him. And thus, nobody has as much riding on making sure this debate continues, and is as loud as possible.

    If Fox was just an activist, I wouldn’t be saying this. But he’s not. Activists don’t charge $5,000 plus first class airfare to/from NYC to show up at your college to speak about the “perils of fracking” to the student body.

    I love this site, but parroting jaded ProPublica pieces (who the commenter below notes has their OWN financial motivations to this) is beneath you. Please apply a consistent standard. If you must run stuff like this on Ed Rendell, please look into Mr. Fox. I have, and right off the bat I found that it appears he’s running an illegal 501c3:

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