Missouri nonprofit jumps on anti AB 32 bandwagon

The battle over AB 32 continues to gain steam. A Missouri-based nonprofit has given about $500,000 to the effort to remove California's Global Warming Solutions Act from the state's law books.

Last week, the Adam Smith Foundation, based in Jefferson City, Missouri, gave $498,000 to AB 32 opponents, reported Anthony York of Capitol Weekly. "That's quite a contribution, considering the group's entire revenues for the last two years were just $30,000 per year," he said.

York said it's curious why the group got involved in the first place as the Adam Smith Foundation describes itself as "an advocacy organization committed to promoting conservative principles and individual liberties in Missouri. The Adam Smith Foundation was created to defend judicial reform, government accountability, education reform, tax and spending reform and protecting private property."

York said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the person listed as the principal officer for the campaign to repeal AB 32, said he did not know much about the big donation but was pleased to get it.

Here's a past SJVCEO blog post on the AB 32 controversy.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a Valley-based nonprofit dedicated to improving residents' quality of life by increasing the use of and reliance on clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the eight-county region.