WASHINGTON, DC – According to documents uncovered by Accountable.US and first reported by the Daily Beast, the legal challenge to a popular Biden administration conservation initiative is poised to come from a controversial anti-government group that is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.
The opposition to better public lands conservation is out of the mainstream by definition. American Stewards of Liberty’s resistance to policies that make public lands better for all Americans fits a pattern with their support for the violent insurrectionists like the Bundys. What’s worse is they are grifting from American taxpayers to fund the effort," said Chris Marshall, spokesperson for Accountable.US.
Here’s more on how the lawsuit against the BLM rule is taking shape:
American Stewards of Liberty Started The “Multiple-Use Alliance” To Oppose The BLM Conservation Rule. “To confront the BLM and USFS attempts to revise their planning rules and eliminate the productive uses of our federal lands, we have once again created an Alliance, the ‘Multiple-Use Alliance,’ for counties, local governments, State agencies and organizations to join together and challenge the agency action.” [ASL Campaign Briefing, 07/10/23]
American Stewards Of Liberty Says It Will Rely On Its Member Counties To Finance Its Court Challenge. “The priority of the Alliance is to ensure that all industries and communities are represented, and that the full use of our federal lands are protected. Those entities that can help contribute to the legal expenses are encouraged to do so, but this is not required to join the Alliance, sign onto the comments, and participate in the potential court challenge.” [ASL Campaign Briefing, 07/10/23]
Modoc County Planning Director Sean Curtis Says Only Counties With Oil And Gas Development Are Paying American Stewards. Modoc County Planning Director Sean Curtis: “The comments which would be prepared by an attorney that’s being paid for by several of the counties that would be signatories on the letter that have oil and gas royalties at stake. So one, they have money to pay the attorney and two they have way more at stake than maybe a county like us. Although having a county in California as part of this group, and right now they’re all either Utah, Colorado, or New Mexico , broadens the spectrum and gives a little more weight to the group.” [Modoc County Commission Meeting Audio, 06/13/23] (02:09:02)
Download the full package of Accountable.US’s research into this issue at this link.