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Writer at Interior

Eli Nachmany is working as a writer at the Department of the Interior. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is Secretary Ryan Zinke’s speechwriter. 

A recent college graduate, Eli Nachmany held internship positions in the offices of Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Governor Chris Christie before interning on Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. Beginning in July 2016, Nachmany took a position as an advance press lead on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and later worked on Trump’s presidential inaugural committee. Nachmany graduated from New York University in May 2017.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 07/12/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Eli Nachmany, accessed 07/31/17]

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Eli Nachmany thinks divesting from fossil fuels is a “dangerous movement.”

In 2015, when Eli Nachmany was in college, he wrote an op-ed on why he opposed New York University divesting from fossil fuels. Nachmany said fossil fuel divestment was a “dangerous movement” and he criticized students who supported fossil fuel divestment for “endeavor[ing] to make feel-good political statements of negligible impact with money [NYU] does not have.”

[Eli Nachmany, “Opinion: Why I’m Against NYU Fossil Fuel Divestment,” BreakingEnergy, 04/30/15]

Eli Nachmany, in 2016, had to resign from his position as Chair of the New York Federation of College Republicans after he called an “abrupt” vote “in secret” to revoke recognition of the Cornell Chapter of the Federation after they endorsed Gary Johnson in the 2016 election.

In September 2016, when he was the Chair of the New York Federation of College Republicans (NYFCR), Eli Nachmany “called for an abrupt executive board vote to expel Cornell’s chapter” from the New York Federation of College Republicans when the Cornell Chapter endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. NYFCR “revoked recognition” of the Cornell Chapter, “chastising the group for breaking party lines.” The Cornell Chapter’s lawyer filed an appeal to the National Chair of the College Republicans National Committee saying that the rights of the Cornell Republicans were violated over the course of the expulsion and that Nachmany’s “calling an abrupt executive board vote… resulted in a disregard for free speech protections.”

[Madeline Cohen, “Chair of NY College Republicans Resigns After Cornell Expulsion Backlash,” Cornell Daily Sun, 09/17/16, and Madeline Cohen, “Cornell Republicans Fight Expulsion, Enlist Attorney in Appeal to National Committee,” Cornell Daily Sun, 09/15/16]

Austin McLaughlin, the executive director of the Cornell Republicans, criticized Nachmany for “acting in ‘secret'” and “‘steamroll[ing] the 6-3 emergency vote'” which McLaughin said “resulted in a ‘flagrant violation of the state constitution.'” Additionally, when Olivia Corn, the chair of the Cornell Republicans, warned Nachmany of the Cornell chapter’s plan to take legal action if they weren’t reinstated, Nachmany “‘laugh[ed]'” at Corn and was “‘uncooperative'” with her requests.

[Madeline Cohen, “Cornell Republicans Fight Expulsion, Enlist Attorney in Appeal to National Committee,” Cornell Daily Sun, 09/15/16]

Shortly after the New York Federation of College Republicans was faced with legal action, Eli Nachmany resigned from his post as chair, although he allegedly “‘whined'” that the Cornell chapter was “‘ruining his political career.'” Critics also observed that “Nachmany’s role in the Trump campaign could jeopardize [NYFCR’s] 527 status, as independent from any campaign.”

[Madeline Cohen, “Cornell Republicans Fight Expulsion, Enlist Attorney in Appeal to National Committee,” Cornell Daily Sun, 09/15/16, and Madeline Cohen, “Chair of NY College Republicans Resigns After Cornell Expulsion Backlash,” Cornell Daily Sun, 09/17/16]

Eli Nachmany believes that we have “sold out our country to a bunch of technocrats,” and that federal agencies, which he calls “our shadow government,” have too much power.

Eli Nachmany says that he loves that Donald Trump “is deconstructing the administrative state.” Nachmany believes that we’ve “sold out our country to a bunch of technocrats both on the Republican and Democratic side, and now Donald Trump is beginning to roll that back so that the government can really serve the people.”

[Eli Nachmany, “Eli Nachmany Pitch Tape,” Youtube, (0:12)]

Eli Nachmany supported Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court because Gorsuch “believes in challenging federal agencies on their regulatory behavior” and, once on the Court, would focus “on taking the power out of the hands of our shadow government.”

[Eli Nachmany, “OPINION: Gorsuch’s View on Regulatory Agencies Serves College Students Well,” Washington Square News, 02/21/17]

Eli Nachmany supports Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Because of his ExxonMobil background, Nachmany claims, Tillerson would “personally” feel the consequences of a bad deal for the US.

Eli Nachmany supports who Donald Trump has chosen to serve in his cabinet, and has said specifically about Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp” that Trump has “brought in people like Rex Tillerson, someone from ExxonMobil to negotiate some of these bilateral international deals… you’d rather have people from the private sector who understand how to negotiate these deals, who’ve cut their teeth on negotiating deals with skin in the game, rather than people who are career politicians. In the past we’ve seen Secretaries of State like Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, people who if a deal goes bad for the American people they might not personally feel it. But Rex Tillerson at his company would feel it and bankers at Goldman Sachs would feel it too. And so to bring in these people who have this expertise I think is a good thing.”

[Eli Nachmany, “Eli Nachmany Pitch Tape,” Youtube, (07:51)]

Eli Nachmany thinks that Democrats use George Soros and Organizing for Action, which he calls “Obama’s shadow administration,” “to goad the base and get grassroots.”

Eli Nachmany, in response to a question about the excitement young Republican voters felt for Donald Trump, said, “I think that we see on the Democratic side there have been much more efforts to try to goad the base and get grassroots, that’s why you need people like George Soros, you need Obama’s shadow administration Organizing for Action, to get the grassroots moving, when on the Republican side it’s genuine and people are excited about President Donald Trump.”

[Eli Nachmany, “Eli Nachmany Pitch Tape,” Youtube, (0:50)]