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FACTSHEET: Pacific Legal Foundation, PLF

DETAILS

10360 Old Placerville Road Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: 916-362-2833
Fax: 916-362-2932

The Pacific Legal Foundation was the nation's first business oriented public interest law firm founded in 1973 by members of the California Chamber of Commerce. PLF was politically supported by officials in then Governor Ronald Reagan's cabinet, including founding member Edwin Meese.

PLF's initial financial support came from members of the California Chamber of Commerce and J. Simon Fluor of the Fluor Corporation's oil, nuclear and mineral dollars. Anti-environmental from the start, PLF's early actions supported the use of DDT, the use of herbicides in national forests, and the use of public range land without requiring an environmental impact review. They also supported at least six pro-nuclear power cases before the early eighties while accepting funding from Pacific General Electric (PGE), a utility which has gained a great deal through the development of nuclear power in the Pacific Northwest. In the nineteen-eighties PLF won several cases that are considered land marks by those working on property rights issues today: Nollan v the California Coastal Commission and First Church, both Supreme Court victories which provide precedence for the takings litigation pursued today (Oliver Houck, "With Charity For All," Yale Law Journal, 1993). In October 2003, PLF Vice President M. David Stirling had an Op-Ed published in which he defended President Bush's environmental record and condemned former President Clinton for endorsing the Kyoto Protocol. PLF is headquartered in Sacramento, CA, but it has offices in Florida, Washington State, Hawaii, and Alaska. PLF is a member of the State Policy Network as of 4/04.

KEY QUOTES

15 October, 2003
"A prime example of the partnership's calculated plan was Clinton's much ballyhooed signing of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Not only did Clinton's signature advance the environmental partnership's goal of a "nature first, people last" international environmental policy, but it intentionally set the stage for massive worldwide condemnation of any Republican successor who later balked at international controls on the engine of America's economic well-being: business."
Source: "Why the Greens Hate Bush" 10/15/03

FUNDING

Pacific Legal Foundation has received $195,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$15,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$20,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2009
$15,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments

2010
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report

2011
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy

2012
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy

early 90s?
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: Greenpeace Guide

PEOPLE

Robert K. Best
President and CEO
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

Anthony T. Caso
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

Robin L. Rivett
Principal Attorney
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

M. Reed Hopper
Principal Attorney
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

James S. Burling
Principal Attorney
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

R.S. Radford
Principal Attorney
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

M. David Stirling
Vice President
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

Russell C. Brooks
Managing Attorney, Northwest Center
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4388

ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4386

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

Greenpeace Guide
Greenpeace Guide

Pacific Legal Foundation website 4/04
http://www.pacificlegal.org

"Why the Greens Hate Bush" 10/15/03
Op-Ed in the "California Political Review Online" by M. David Stirling of the Pacific Legal Foundation
http://www.pacificlegal.org/view_SearchDetail.asp?tid=Commentary&sField=CommentaryID&iID=104

ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4389

ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report
2004 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4380

ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4387

ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research downloaded from Exxon website
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4381

ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=download&d=4586

ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
Exxon Mobil Corporation 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/files/gcr_contributions_pub-policy09.pdf

ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report
http://exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_pubpolicy-2010.pdf

ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy
http://www.webcitation.org/68w7Tt51X

ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_publicpolicy12.pdf