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Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior

Elinor Renner is serving as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. It is not clear what her duties as special assistant consist of.

After graduating from Harding University in 2012, Elinor Renner appears to only have worked at the Heritage Foundation.

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 07/12/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Elinor Werner, accessed 08/16/17]

Special Interests

Heritage Foundation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Renner worked at the Heritage Foundation, which has received almost $800,000 from ExxonMobil and millions from the family foundations of the oil billionaire Koch brothers.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Heritage Foundation

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Since 2012, Elinor Renner has worked at the Heritage Foundation, whose “donors include major companies like Boeing and Chevron and conservative foundations such as the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.” 

Elinor Renner, in 2012, became an intern at the Heritage Foundation in “communications and development.” Next she worked as a Special Events Assistant at Heritage, then worked as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Heritage’s Institute of Economic Freedom and Opportunity, and then became the Assistant Director for the Young Leaders Program, managing “Heritage’s internship program… with almost 200 interns annually.”

[Department of Interior, Press Release, 07/12/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Elinor Werner, accessed 08/16/17]

“Heritage had $109 million in assets in 2002, a figure that has ballooned to $174 million in 2011, according to its tax filings. During the same period its annual fundraising haul (in contributions and grants) climbed from $40 million to more than $65 million. Donors include major companies like Boeing and Chevron and conservative foundations such as the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.”

[Ken Silverstein, “The Great Think- Tank Bubble,” New Republic, 02/19/13]

Other Information

Elinor Renner appears to have tweeted messages critical of President Donald Trump. In addition to repeatedly spreading Senator Ben Sasse’s criticisms, in February 2017, Renner posted an article titled “If You Want To Fight Trump, You Can’t Be Worse Than Trump,” which encouraged Trump detractors to not be “worse with the facts than he is,” ended with: “the goal in the fight against Trump shouldn’t be to strengthen him.”

The article, which said it was “reasonable for people to be concerned” because Trump had said “such harsh things about the media,” encouraged Trump detractors to not be “worse with the facts than he is.” The article ended with the sentence, “the goal in the fight against Trump shouldn’t be to strengthen him.”

[Tweet by Elinor Renner, 02/02/17, and Mollie Hemingway, “If You Want To Fight Trump, You Can’t Be Worse Than Trump,” The Federalist, 02/02/17]

In May 2016, Elinor Renner retweeted Senator Ben Sasse, who tweeted “I assume this is a parody account?” in response to the GOP tweeting “Thank you to the entire Republican field for a hard fought race. The Party is better for your efforts.”

[Retweet by Elinor Renner of Ben Sasse, 05/04/16]

In January 2016, Elinor Renner retweeted a Daily Signal article quoting Senator Ben Sasse, who said, “‘What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, “If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally,”‘ he said. ‘That’s not the American tradition.'”

[Tweet by Jim DeMint, 01/31/16, and “In Under 90 Seconds, Sen. Ben Sasse Defines Conservatism,” Daily Signal, 01/29/16]

Elinor Renner retweeted an anti-trans tweet saying it was “insane” to be “letting boys into girls’ locker rooms,” with an article that read,” We don’t play along with the delusions of schizophrenics” and “I refuse to play along with the delusion.”

Elinor Renner retweeted a Federalist tweet from September 3, 2015, which said it was “insane” to be “letting boys into girls’ locker rooms.” In the article, the author wrote, “I refuse to play along with the delusion. We don’t play along with the delusions of schizophrenics, and I won’t play along with the notion that someone with a penis is somehow a woman.” The piece ended with “if Americans aren’t comfortable with biological males in their daughters’ locker rooms, it behooves us to call a spade a spade—or, in this case, call a boy a boy.”

[Elinor Renner Retweet of a Federalist Tweet, 09/03/15, and Bethany Mandel, “Man-splaining Is No Excuse For Invading Girls’ Locker Rooms,” The Federalist, 09/03/15]

In January 2013, Elinor Renner defended a pastor who in the 1990s ” called on fellow Christians to fight the ‘aggressive agenda’ of the gay rights movement and advocated ‘the healing power of Jesus’ as ‘the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle.'”

In January 2013, Elinor Renner tweeted a New York Times article titled “Pastor Chosen for Inaugural Was Criticized as Antigay.” Renner commented: “Heaven forbid a pastor believe in the sanctity of marriage.” The pastor was criticized for delivering “a sermon in the 1990s in which he called on fellow Christians to fight the ‘aggressive agenda’ of the gay rights movement and advocated ‘the healing power of Jesus’ as ‘the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle.'”

[Tweet by Elinor Renner, 01/11/13, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Pastor Chosen for Inaugural Was Criticized as Antigay,” New York Times, 01/09/13]

In October 2013, Elinor Renner retweeted an article about the “sheer vindictive pettiness” of the National Park Service, which suggested NPS Rangers sing “This land is our land, it sure ain’t your land… This land is closed to you and yours.”

In October 2013, Elinor Renner retweeted a National Review article about the “sheer vindictive pettiness” of the National Park Service, with parodied Woody Guthrie lyrics saying “This land is our land, it sure ain’t your land/ From downtown DC to the Lake Mead shoreland/ From the Arctic Refuge to the Gulf Stream waters/ This land is closed to you and yours.” The author also promised he would be singing this live in Ohio, “possibly in a Park Service uniform.”

[Elinor Renner Retweet of a Mark Steyn Tweet, 10/06/13, and Mark Steyn, “Song of the National Park Service,” National Review, 10/06/13]