Nick Surgey, Documented

Nick Surgey is an investigative reporter and the director of Documented, a watchdog group that investigates how corporations manipulate public policy. His research has been widely featured, including by The Guardian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Colbert Report. Nick was previously director of research at the Center for Media and Democracy, and prior to that, staff counsel at Common Cause, where he led the research and legal work on the group’s investigation into the American Legislative Exchange Council and its Supreme Court Ethics project.

Articles by this author

News
Monday, February 26, 2018
Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration
In the backdrop of a chaotic first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the conservative Koch brothers have won victory after victory in their bid to reshape American government to their interests. Documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented show that the network of wealthy donors led by...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Revealed: The Trump Administration's Energy Plan
The future Donald Trump administration's energy agenda is revealed in a memo prepared by Trump's energy transition head Thomas Pyle, titled "What to Expect from the Trump Administration." The document, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), was sent by Pyle on November 15th, just...
Read more
News
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
ExxonMobil Top Sponsor at ALEC's Upcoming Annual Meeting
ExxonMobil , facing multiple state investigations connected to its funding of climate change denial, is listed as a top corporate sponsor of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual meeting, taking place this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. ALEC has long promoted climate change denial...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Major Electric Utility Dumps ALEC Over Clean Power Plan
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has suffered the loss of another major corporate sponsor, the Guardian reported Tuesday, with the electric utility American Electric Power (AEP) announcing it will no longer provide the climate change denial group with funding from 2016. AEP becomes...
Read more
News
Monday, December 07, 2015
Climate Deniers' Paris Event Sparsely Attended, But Journalists Still Kicked Out
A climate change denial event in Paris, organized jointly by two US groups, the coal-funded Heartland Institute and The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), held to coincide with the UN climate COP21 talks, quietly flopped Monday when hardly anyone turned up to listen to what actual...
Read more
Views
Friday, November 06, 2015
Ford Revealed as Funder of Climate Denial Group ALEC
Ford Motor Company, despite its much-hyped commitment to the environment, has been quietly funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group widely criticized for its promotion of climate change denial and for its opposition to the development of renewable alternatives to fossil...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Ted Cruz at Secret Koch-Backed Fracking Lobby Group Meeting
Senator Ted Cruz, raising cash for a 2016 presidential bid, was to meet privately Monday in Denver, Colorado with executives from major oil and gas corporations, all members of the pro-fracking lobby group Western Energy Alliance (WEA), according to details of the secret meeting shared with the...
Read more
News
Monday, June 01, 2015
Jeb Bush Speaking at Secret Coal Industry Retreat
Jeb Bush is the highest profile speaker at a secretive three-day retreat in Bristol, Virginia, hosted by the CEOs of six coal companies, according to materials for the invitation-only event obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and shared with the Guardian . The event, dubbed the "...
Read more
Views
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Edelman Makes a Climate Change Pledge, But Forgets About ALEC
Edelman, the world's largest PR company, synonymous with astroturf-style front groups and dirty tricks, has announced that it will no longer work for groups that deny climate change. The PR firm represents many of the world's most polluting companies, and numerous front groups for polluters,...
Read more
Views
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar
As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) prepares to meet in Dallas this week, the Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute (EEI) -- the trade association for the U.S. utility industry -- has been funding ALEC's legislative assault on solar...
Read more

Pages