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Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the Department of the Interior

Megan Bloomgren served as “acting deputy chief of staff and communications director” for the Department of Interior for roughly the first 100 days of the Trump administration. In that position, she directed “communications and policy-related actions for Secretary Zinke.”

Former Interior employee Megan Bloomgren has “gone back and forth through the government-industry revolving door,” bouncing between the federal government and pro-energy industry groups. From 2008 to 2011, Bloomgren was a Vice President for the Chamber of Commerce’s energy industry front group, which aimed to “unify energy stakeholders and policymakers… to ensure that America’s supply of fuel and power is adequate, stable, and affordable.” After that, Bloomgren made partner at the DCI Group, a “Republican public relations, lobbying and consulting shop” with major ties to the oil industry. DCI, which was subpoenaed in 2016 for all records “relating to their role in helping ExxonMobil” with “climate change denial,” was paid more than $1.6 million to lobby for ExxonMobil while Bloomgren worked there. Bloomgren was also a DCI partner when it was paid $5 million by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the coal industry trade association. More recently, DCI “oversaw crisis communications work” for the Dakota Access pipeline company and “may have helped create fake Twitter profiles depicting young women (and celebrities) espousing pro-pipeline talking points.”

In June 2017, it was announced that Megan Bloomgren was leaving the Department of the Interior to be a Vice President at the American Petroleum Institute, the “top oil and natural gas lobby.”

Sources: [Corbin Hiar, “Zinke aide takes on communications shop,” Energy and Environment, 02/02/17, American Petroleum Institute, Press Release, 06/08/17, LinkedIn Profile for Megan Bloomgren, accessed 05/24/17, “Institute for 21st Century Energy, ” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accessed 05/24/17, The Center for Responsive Politics Search for DCI Group, Summaries for 20112012201320142015, and 2016, accessed 05/24/17, Nick Surgey, “DCI Group Subpoenaed in Expanding Exxon Climate Denial Investigation,” Huffington Post, 04/20/16, and Steve Horn, “Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies,” DeSmog Blog, 03/10/17]

Special Interests

U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Bloomgren was Vice President of Strategy for the Institute for 21st Century Energy, which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The institute's purpose is to promote the development of oil and gas.

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ExxonMobil Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Bloomgren worked at DCI Group, a public relations and lobbying firm, DCI Group was paid more than $1.6 million to lobby for multinational oil and gas company ExxonMobil.

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American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Bloomgren worked at DCI Group, a public relations and lobbying firm, DCI Group worked with, and received $5 million from, ACCCE, a trade organization that advocates on behalf of coal-fueled electricity and the coal fleet.

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Energy Transfer Partners (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Bloomgren worked at DCI Group, a public relations and lobbying firm, DCI Group oversaw crisis communications work for Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access pipeline.

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American Petroleum Institute (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In June 2017, Bloomgren left the Department of Interior to become a Vice President at the American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and natural gas lobby.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

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From 2008 to 2011, Megan Bloomgren was a Vice President for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s energy industry front group, which aimed to “unify energy stakeholders and policymakers… to ensure that America’s supply of fuel and power is adequate, stable, and affordable.”

[LinkedIn Profile for Megan Bloomgren, accessed 05/24/17]

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s website, the purpose of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “is to unify energy stakeholders and policymakers behind a common strategy to ensure that America’s supply of fuel and power is adequate, stable, and affordable, while protecting national security, and improving the environment.”

[“Institute for 21st Century Energy, ” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accessed 05/24/17]

In 2009, Megan Bloomgren said she hoped to be “‘part of the solution’ in figuring out America’s energy strategy.”

[Mary Jordan, “Several D.C. women at the top give a quick pep talk to those who would succeed them,” Washington Post, 11/21/09]

Until she took the job at Interior, Megan Bloomgren was a partner at the DCI Group, a “Republican public relations, lobbying and consulting shop.”

While she was a partner, DCI was paid more than $1.6 million to lobby for Exxon Mobil and subpoenaed “for records relating to their role in helping ExxonMobil with climate change denial.”

DCI has been paid at least $5 million by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the coal industry trade association. DCI also “oversaw crisis communications work” for the company building the Dakota Access pipeline and “may have helped create fake Twitter profiles depicting young women (and celebrities) espousing pro-pipeline talking points.”

Megan Bloomgren became a partner at the DCI Group, “a Republican public relations, lobbying and consulting shop” in 2011, and worked there for almost six years before taking the job at Interior.

[Corbin Hilar, “Zinke aide takes on communications shop,” Energy & Environment, 02/02/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Megan Bloomgren, accessed 05/24/17]

In the five years Megan Bloomgren worked at DCI Group, DCI Group was paid a total of $1,620,000 to lobby for Exxon Mobil. Exxon Mobil paid DCI Group $320,000 to lobby in 2011, $320,000 in 2012, $320,000 in 2013, $320,000 in 2014, $320,000 in 2015, and $20,000 in 2016.

[Center for Responsive Politics Search for DCI Group, Summaries for 20112012201320142015, and 2016, accessed 05/24/17]

In April 2016, while Megan Bloomgren was still working at DCI Group, DCI was “subpoenaed… for records relating to their role in helping ExxonMobil” with “climate change denial.” DCI created a “now-defunct” website that “promoted climate change denial and which received funding from Exxon.”

[Nick Surgey, “DCI Group Subpoenaed in Expanding Exxon Climate Denial Investigation,” Huffington Post, 04/20/16]

DCI also “works with the coal industry trade association, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE).” ACCCE paid DCI “paid $5 million over a two-year period from 2013-2014.”

[Nick Surgey, “DCI Group Subpoenaed in Expanding Exxon Climate Denial Investigation,” Huffington Post, 04/20/16]

DCI “oversaw crisis communications work for Energy Transfer Partners and its Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota and may have helped create fake Twitter profiles depicting young women (and celebrities) espousing pro-pipeline talking points. Among DCI Group’s former lobbying clients is ExxonMobil.”

[Steve Horn, “Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies,” DeSmog Blog, 03/10/17]

Political Connections

Megan Bloomgren has donated to Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin, who both serve on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as to the DCI Group’s Political Action Committee.

Megan Bloomgren contributed $500 to Joe Manchin’s campaign in 2015, $500 to Lisa Murkowski’s campaign in 2015, and $5,900 to the DCI PAC.

[Political Moneyline Search for Megan Bloomgren, CQ, accessed 05/24/17]

Other Information

In June 2017, Megan Bloomberg left the Department of Interior to become a Vice President at the American Petroleum Institute, the “top oil and natural gas lobby.”

In June 2017, it was announced that Megan Bloomgren was leaving the Interior Department to be a Vice President at the American Petroleum Institute, the “top oil and natural gas lobby.”

[American Petroleum Institute, Press Release, 06/08/17]