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Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
(originally Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance, 2000)
Operates Union Sportsmen's Alliance, a program with the AFL-CIO

555 11th St NW
6th Floor
Washington , DC 20004
http://
www.trcp.org
Phone: (202) 654-4600
Email contact: 
cridder@trcp.org
EIN: 04-3706385
Founded: 2002
Exempt since: 2003

Self-description: TRCP represents a coalition of the nation's leading hunting, fishing, and conservation groups working together to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.
 

Actual: Almost exclusively campaigns against oil and gas development.

James Range
Jim Range

NoDOG Connection: TRCP Chairman James D. Range influenced Rep. Nick  Rahall (D-WV), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, to hold a March 27, 2007 hearing titled, Access Denied: The Growing Conflict Between Fishing, Hunting, and Energy Development on Federal Lands. Three TRCP directors, Steven A. Williams, William Hite, and Rollin Sparrowe, gave testimony against oil and gas development.


Librarian's Note: A board member of this group, John M. "Mick" Seidl, was once the president of scandal-ridden Enron Corporation.

History: In 2000, Trout Unlimited became the “fiscal sponsor” of a new group, the “Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance” (TRCA). Trout Unlimited passed more than $2 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the new TRCA.

The new group was not incorporated and had no IRS exempt status of its own. Trout Unlimited received and managed funds on behalf of the new group as fiscal sponsor. This type of arrangement is not uncommon among non-profit organizations wishing to “incubate” new groups.

Trout Unlimited made no public acknowledgment of its money-funnel role that The Librarian could discover, although Pew’s role as TRCA’s key donor was well-reported and widely known.

In 2002, Trout Unlimited’s fiscal sponsorship of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance changed. TRCA found new donors (including the Turner Foundation), hired new leadership, and incorporated to become the “Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership” (TRCP). TRCP applied for its own IRS exempt status in 2002 and was approved in 2003.

TRCP no longer needed to borrow the exempt status of Trout Unlimited, but continued its former cooperative association.

In 2005, TRCP received a $600,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation “To change the current course of energy development on public lands.” Moore Foundation Form 990, 2005, Schedule of Appropriations.

TRCP immediately launched a barrage of attacks on the oil and gas industry, with:

        Internally-prepared reports of damage to wildlife allegedly caused by oil and gas development (booklet, “FACTS for fish and wildlife”, protests filed on 1 million acres in Wyoming, many more);

        False allegations that its opinion poll findings showed most sportsmen opposed to oil and gas development (Sportsmen Support Congressional Reform of Energy Development on Federal Public Lands - 2007), and;

        Congressional testimony urging limits and burdens on oil and gas operations designed to ultimately bankrupt and destroy oil and gas production on politically vulnerable public lands, where most independent producers operate (Access Denied: The Growing Conflict Between Fishing, Hunting, and Energy Development on Federal Lands – 2007, House Natural Resources Committee).

 

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
 financial condition 2007

Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $5,265,737
Government Grants $0
Program Services $0
Investments $74,829
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $0

 

Program Services $1,612,253
Administration $191,149
Other $149,266
Total Expenditures $4,168,580
Total Revenue $5,340,566   NET GAIN/LOSS $1,171,986

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Officers, Directors, and Key Employees

Name Title Compensation
GEORGE COOPER PRESIDENT $147,209
MATT CONNOLLY FORMER PRESIDENT $60,987
STEVEN A. WILLIAMS DIRECTOR $0
DAVID D. PERKINS DIRECTOR $0
CHARLES GAUVIN DIRECTOR $0
JAMES D. RANGE CHAIRMAN $0
JOHN M. "MICK" SEIDL DIRECTOR $0
HOWARD VINCENT DIRECTOR $0
MATT HOGAN DIRECTOR $0
BILL HITE DIRECTOR $0
JAMES T. MARTIN DIRECTOR $0
CHARLES H. COLLINS DIRECTOR $0
R. THOMAS BUFFENBARGER DIRECTOR $0
MARC A. PIERCE DIRECTOR $0
CHRISTOPHER MERRITT DIRECTOR $0
ROLLIN SPARROWE DIRECTOR $0
CHARLES S. POTTER, JR. DIRECTOR $0
DONALD L. ROLLINS DIRECTOR $0
ALAN WENTZ DIRECTOR $0
J. MICHAEL NUSSMAN DIRECTOR $0

Five Highest Paid Employees: Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2007

Name Title Compensation
FRED MEYERS VP OF PARTNERS & AFFILIATES $113,780
THOMAS ST. HILAIRE VP CAMPAIGN MGMT $82,367
THOMAS FRANKLIN VP $80,668
TERRY RILEY VP OF POLICY $69,844
MAUREEN BATES VP ADMINISTRATION $64,443

TRCP'S REVOLVING DOOR POWER CONNECTION

John M. "Mick" Seidl, TRCP director, came to the board from the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation, where he served as Chief Environment Program Officer from June, 2001 to December 2004. He arranged a $600,000 grant from the Moore Foundation to TRCP, paid in 2005, "to change the current course of energy development on public lands," which The Librarian takes to mean the destruction of coal, oil and gas production on government land. He has also been president of MAXXAM, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and chairman of the Pacific Lumber Company. Prior to that, Seidl was president, chief operating officer and director of Enron Corporation in Houston, Texas. Seidl also served as chairman of the board and president of Houston Grand Opera and remains a trustee. (Business Wire Release)

TRCP'S INTERLOCKING DIRECTORATES

James D. Range, Chairman - also Trustee, Trout Unlimited; Vice Chair, American Bird Conservancy, Vice Chair.
Steven A. Williams, Director - also Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Charles Gauvin, Director  - also President/CEO Trout Unlimited.
Matt Hogan, Director  - also Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
James T. Martin, Director - also Director, National Wildlife Federation.
R. Thomas Buffenberger, Director - also Vice President,
American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations and International President, Machinists Union.
Rollin Sparrowe, Director - also Officer, North American Grouse Partnership.
Charles S. Potter, Jr., Director - also President/CEO, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation.
Donald L. Rollins, Director -  also At-Large Member, Board of Directors, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
J. Michael Nussman, Director - also President and CEO, American Sportfishing Association.

37 foundation grants to
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Total Amount $3,254,625

37 grants

 

Donor Foundation

Grant

Year

Grant Description

PERKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Cleveland
Ohio

$14,350

2007

 

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$450,000

2006

 

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$15,000

2006

 

PERKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Cleveland
Ohio

$7,775

2006

 

BELDON FUND
New York
New York

$100,000

2006

 

JOYCE FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$150,000

2006

To work with like-minded organizations and the agricultural community to create, educate the public about, and advocate for alternatives to direct commodity payments that comply with trade regulations and provide greater benefits to u.s. taxpayers

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$30,000

2006

 

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$75,000

2006

 

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

General support for efforts to engage America's 40 million sportsmen and sportswomen and make possible their active participation in the national conservation policy arena

MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION
Minneapolis
Minnesota

$40,000

2006

For a conservation program initiative to protect fish and wildlife and their habitat throughout the Mississippi River Corridor

DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION
Los Altos
California

$85,000

2006

Strategic opportunities in conservation and science

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$600,000

2005

To change the current course of energy development on public lands

PUTNAM FOUNDATION
Keene
New Hampshire

$5,000

2005

To support GMC Kodiak c7500

MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION
Minneapolis
Minnesota

$40,000

2005

For a conservation program initiative to protect fish and wildlife and their habitat throughout the Mississippi River Corridor

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,200

2005

Purchase a server

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$100,000

2005

Educating the public about the state wildlife planning process

THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
Radnor
Pennsylvania

$200,000

2005

Civic and community

THE HENRY FOUNDATION INC
Jacksonville
Illinois

$10,000

2005

To support outreach and education programs

JOYCE FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$150,000

2005

 

PLUM CREEK FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$10,000

2005

Campaign to protect and promote Conservation Tax incentives

ORVIS-PERKINS FOUNDATION
Cleveland
Ohio

$15,000

2005

 

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$450,000

2005

 

FRENCH FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$7,000

2004

Operating funds

ORVIS-PERKINS FOUNDATION
Cleveland
Ohio

$15,000

2004

Gift purposes

THE HENRY FOUNDATION INC
Jacksonville
Illinois

$10,000

2004

To support outreach and education programs

GOLDMAN SACHS PHILANTHROPY FUND
New York
New York

$10,000

2004

 

NORCROSS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,300

2004

Computers to help build grassroots list/wildlife conservation efforts

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2004

Support for an umbrella organization dedicated to motivating hunters and fishermen to participate more actively in federal conservation policy debates that have an impact on fish and wildlife

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$75,000

2004

Board discretionary grant

OSHKOSH AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Oshkosh
Wisconsin

$5,000

2004

 

JCK FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$10,000

2004

 

W E WALKER FOUNDATION
Jackson
Mississippi

$10,000

2004

To support conservation of wildlife

SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$60,000

2003

For an umbrella organization dedicated to motivating hunters and fishermen to participate more actively in federal conservation policy debates that have an impact on fish and wildlife.

DEAN L. & ROSEMARIE BUNTROCK FOUNDATION
Oakbrook Terrace
Illinois

$10,000

2003

 

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$10,000

2003

For general support of the organization

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$250,000

2002

For general support to engage hunters and anglers in activities that protect fish and wildlife in the National forest system and on other public lands through a communications campaign and a centennial

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