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Policy Advisor, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Landon “Tucker” Davis is serving as a policy advisor within the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

Landon “Tucker” Davis is described as a “young Virginia GOP operative” who has worked on GOP campaigns since 2008, including work for Donald Trump, Ed Gillespie, George Allen, and Jim Gilmore. In 2012, Davis served as the Director of FACES of Coal, a campaign which aimed to “educate the public and policymakers about the value of coal mining.” Despite claiming it was a grassroots campaign, FACES of Coal refused to reveal its “‘grassroots’ members,” and was found to use a K Street lobbying firm known as “one of industry’s most accommodating voices in Washington DC.” In 2015, Davis was a regional director for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-funded group.

Sources: [Anthony Adragna, “Morning Money: Trump administration prepares active first week,” Politico, 01/24/17, Scott Streater, “Trump admin moves political team into place,” Energy & Environment News, 01/23/17, LinkedIn Profile for Tucker Davis, accessed 05/23/17, Brad Johnson, “The Real FACES of Coal: Adfero’s Shadowy GOP Beltway Astroturf Operatives,” ThinkProgress, 08/27/09, Kate Sheppard, “Who are the faces behind FACES of Coal?” Grist, 08/21/09, Jaimy Lee, “Focus on astroturfing spurs need to ensure authenticity,” PR Week, 08/11/10, James Hoggan “New “Grassroots” Pro-Coal Group Backed by K-Street PR Firm,” Huffington Post, 05/25/11, Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, and Landon Davis, OGE Form 278e, 2017]

Special Interests

Federation for American Coal, Energy, and Security (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2012, Davis was the director of FACES of Coal, a pro-mountaintop removal campaign whose goal was to educate the public and policymakers about the value of coal mining.

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Americans for Prosperity (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2015, Davis worked for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-backed group that pushes conservative causes and pro-oil policies.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

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Tucker Davis has worked on GOP campaigns since 2008.

According to his LinkedIn page, Tucker Davis worked as Field Director for Jim Gilmore’s 2008 Senate race, Field Director for John Brownlee’s race for Attorney General, Field Director for Morgan Griffith’s 2010 Congressional race, Field Coordinator for George Allen’s 2012 Senate race, Director for the Faces of Coal campaign, Campaign Manager for Nick Rush’s 2013 race for Virginia Delegate, and Field Director for Ed Gillespie’s 2014 Senate race.

[LinkedIn Profile for Tucker Davis, accessed 05/23/17]

In 2012, Tucker Davis served as the Director of the pro-coal FACES of Coal campaign, which aimed to “educate the public and policymakers about the value of coal mining.”

Despite claiming it was a grassroots campaign, FACES of Coal refused to reveal its “‘grassroots’ members” and used a K street lobbying firm known as “one of industry’s most accommodating voices in Washington DC.”

Federation for American Coal, Energy, and Security (FACES of Coal), was a “pro-mountaintop removal campaign” that aimed “to educate the public and policymakers about the value of coal mining.” FACES of Coal, which debuted in 2009, advertised itself as “‘an alliance of people from all walks of life'” united by their belief in the importance of coal, but the organization “refuse[d] to reveal its ‘grassroots’ members” and employed a “GOP Beltway shop to promote its work.”

As of 2009, the FACES website was “registered to the Adfero Group, a K-Street public relations firm.” The Adfero Group has been described as “one of industry’s most accommodating voices in Washington, D.C.”

[Brad Johnson, “The Real FACES of Coal: Adfero’s Shadowy GOP Beltway Astroturf Operatives,” ThinkProgress, 08/27/09, Kate Sheppard, “Who are the faces behind FACES of Coal?” Grist, 08/21/09, Jaimy Lee, “Focus on astroturfing spurs need to ensure authenticity,” PR Week, 08/11/10, James Hoggan, “New “Grassroots” Pro-Coal Group Backed by K-Street PR Firm,” Huffington Post, 05/25/11, Scott Streater, “Trump admin moves political team into place,” Greenwire, 01/23/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Tucker Davis, accessed 05/23/17]

In 2015, Tucker Davis worked for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-backed group that pushes “conservative causes and pro-oil policies.”

Tucker Davis, in 2015, worked as regional director for Americans for Prosperity in Virginia, during which time he “built grassroots relationships for the state chapter with political, business, media and community leaders” and “mobilized and educated grassroots activists on issues within the organization’s mission.”

Americans for Prosperity is a “powerful lobbying group” “founded and partly funded by the oil billionaire Koch Brothers” that pushes “conservative causes and pro-oil policies.”

[Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, Kevin McDermott, “$1.84 gas briefly coming to St. Louis Friday — courtesy of Koch brothers,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/17/12, and Stephen Lacey, “Americans For Prosperity Calls Wind Tax Credit ‘Deplorable,’ But Defends Government Support Of Oil Companies,” ThinkProgress, 09/07/12]

Political Connections

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In 2016, Tucker Davis donated $350 to the Republican Party of Virginia.

Tucker Davis, in June 2016, donated $350 to the Republican Party of Virginia.

[Political Moneyline Search for Landon Davis, CQ, accessed 05/23/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Department of the Interior Salary: $94,796

[Landon Tucker Douglas Davis, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/13/18]

Other Information

When Donald Trump hired Tucker Davis in as his “campaign field director in western Virginia,” the campaign touted Davis’ “unique” understanding of the “issues important to the coal industry.”

In the 2016 election cycle, Tucker Davis “served as a Trump campaign field director in western Virginia.” The Trump campaign’s press release announcing that Davis was joining the campaign said that Davis had a “unique understand [sic] of the issues important to the coal industry and the business and communities dependent on coal production, as well as experience working with and building coalitions in rural localities.”

[Scott Streater, “Trump admin moves political team into place,” Greenwire, 01/23/17, and Donald J. Trump Campaign, Press Release, 11/02/15]

In February 2017, Tucker Davis told Donald Trump he worked at the Department of Interior, and “absolutely” agreed to help Trump put coal miners “back to work.”

Tucker Davis, in February 2017, attended Donald Trump’s “Black History Month Listening Session.” When he was introduced to Trump, he said that he had run Trump’s campaign in western Virginia and that he was now working for Trump in the Department of the Interior. Davis told Trump, “coal miners love ya.” Trump responded, “We love the coal miners too, gonna put ’em back to work.” Davis responded, “Absolutely.”

[“Black History Month Listening Session,” C-SPAN, 02/01/17 (11:40)]