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Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior

Amy Mitchell, from February 2017 until the end of April 2017, served on the Department of the Interior Beachhead Team as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. The nature of her duties was unclear.

Amy Mitchell’s career has boomeranged between working for Koch-backed organizations and the federal government. A University of California at Santa Barbara graduate, from 2002 to 2003 she worked as a manager of book promotion for the Koch-backed Cato Institute. After working for the federal government at the State Department in 2003 and 2004, Mitchell became the managing editor of the Koch-funded American Spectator. In 2007, Mitchell then went back to work for the federal government at the Department of Defense, and in 2011, began working for a House Committee. In 2013, Mitchell left the federal government again, to work as Vice President of Communications for the National Review, a conservative magazine with Koch ties. Most recently, she was the President of AM/PM Strategies, a communications firm.

Sources: [Al Shaw, Justin Elliott and Derek Kravitz, “Here are More than 400 Officials Trump has Quietly Deployed Across the Government,” ProPublica, 03/08/17, Department of Defense, Press Release, 04/27/17, Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, Laurie Bennett, “The Kochs Aren’t the Only Funders of Cato,” Forbes, 03/13/17, Charles Koch Foundation Form 990, accessed via ProPublica, 2010, Charles Koch Foundation Form 990, accessed via ProPublica, 2011, Charles Koch Foundation Form 990, accessed via ProPublica, 2012, Charles Koch Foundation Form 990, accessed via ProPublica, 2013, “National Review Events,” National Review, accessed 06/28/17, Kenneth Vogel, “Kochs linked to anti-Obama gas ads,” Politico, 03/29/12, Nicholas Confessore, “Republicans Are Wooing the Wired,” New York Times, 02/08/14, and Zain Jilani, “Neo-Con Bashers Headline Koch Event As Political Realignment on Foreign Policy Continues,” The Intercept, 05/18/16]

Special Interests

Cato Institute (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Mitchell worked at the Cato Institute, which has taken in "about $30 million" from the oil-billionaire Koch brothers.

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American Spectator (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Mitchell worked at The American Spectator, an organization whose parent foundation has received at least $40,000 in funding from the Charles Koch Foundation.

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National Review (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Mitchell was the Vice President of Communications for the National Review, a conservative magazine that hosts events sponsored by Koch-backed groups such as the Charles Koch Institute and the American Energy Alliance.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

From 2002 to 2003 Amy Mitchell worked at the Cato Institute, which has taken in “about $30 million” from the oil-billionaire Koch brothers.

Amy Mitchell, from 2002 to 2003, was the “Manager of Book Promotion” at the Cato Institute, a role in which she “managed Cato’s publications programs.”

[Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, “Reviving a Tradition,” The Cato Institute 2001 Annual Report, accessed 04/24/17, Laurie Bennett, “The Kochs Aren’t the Only Funders of Cato,” Forbes, 03/13/17, and “Koch Brothers Top Oil & Gas Rich List With Combined US$83 Billion Fortune,” PR Newswire, 01/29/14]

From 2004 to 2007, Amy Mitchell was a managing editor at The American Spectator, an organization whose parent foundation has received at least $40,000 in funding from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The American Spectator LLC is a subsidiary of the American Spectator Foundation.

[Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17]

The Charles Koch Foundation, between 2010 and 2013, gave thousands to the American Spectator Foundation.

[Charles Koch Foundation Form 990s, accessed via ProPublica, 2010]

Amy Mitchell, from 2013 to 2016, was the Vice President of Communications for the National Review, a conservative magazine that hosts events sponsored by Koch-backed groups such as the Charles Koch Institute and the American Energy Alliance.

While there she helped the National Review “strength[en] relationships with conservative organizations” and created a “corporate- and association-sponsored event program including debates and briefings with industry.”

[Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17]

The National Review is a conservative magazine that hosts events sponsored by groups such as the Charles Koch Institute and the American Energy Alliance. The Charles Koch Institute is a “think tank founded and funded by energy billionaire Charles Koch” that is “a major force in free-market philanthropy,” while the American Energy Alliance is “funded partly” by the “Koch brothers and their donor network.”

[“National Review Events,” National Review, accessed 06/28/17, Kenneth Vogel, “Kochs linked to anti-Obama gas ads,” Politico, 03/29/12, Nicholas Confessore, “Republicans Are Wooing the Wired,” New York Times, 02/08/14, and Zain Jilani, “Neo-Con Bashers Headline Koch Event As Political Realignment on Foreign Policy Continues,” The Intercept, 05/18/16]