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Special Assistant Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

James Schindler serves as a special assistant at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, though the nature of his duties is unclear.

James Schindler is a graduate of Tulane University and of the New England School of Law. Schindler worked as a legal associate at the libertarian Cato Institute before joining David Vitter’s Senate office in January 2014, first as a staff assistant and later as a legislative correspondent.

Sources: [Anthony Adragna, “Judge hands tribes major Dakota Access victory,” Politico, 06/15/17, Legistorm Profile for James Schindler, accessed 06/06/17, Ilya Shapiro and James Schindler, “Book Review: ‘The Liberal War on Transparency’,” Washington Times, 11/07/12, and David Kopel and Trevor Burrus, “Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: the Synergistic Constitutional Effects,” Albany Government Law Review, 2013]

Special Interests

Cato Institute (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Schindler worked at the Cato Institute, which has taken in "about $30 million" from the oil-billionaire Koch brothers. While at Cato, Schindler worked on issues relating to the Natural Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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While at the libertarian Cato Institute, which has taken in “about $30 million” from the oil-billionaire Koch brothers, James Schindler worked on the Natural Environmental Policy Act issues.

While at the Cato Institute, James Schindler “perform[ed] legal research and draft[ed] Amicus Curiae briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court” on issues relating to the Natural Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Cato Institute, which was founded by Charles G. Koch in 1977, has taken in “about $30 million” from the oil-billionaire Koch brothers.

[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]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Department of the Interior salary: $79,720

[James R. Schindler, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

In November 2012, James Schindler co-authored a book review for the Washington Times in which he blamed Barack Obama’s administration for “FOIA abuses” and for not being transparent enough.

In November 2012, while he was a legal associate at the Cato Institute, James Schindler wrote a book review with Ilya Shapiro for the Washington Times on the book, “The Liberal War on Transparency: Confessions of a Freedom of Information ‘Criminal,'” by Christopher Horner. In his review, Schindler criticized the “hypocrisy of the Obama administration” for committing “FOIA abuses” and lamented the “liberal double standard” when it comes to transparency.

[Ilya Shapiro and James Schindler, “Book Review: ‘The Liberal War on Transparency,’” Washington Times, 11/07/12]