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Subject Expert, Royalty Policy Committee

Paul Blair is a “subject expert” representing the “public interest” on the Planning, Analysis and Competitiveness subcommittee of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (RPC). The RPC advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.” As a subject expert, Blair “will not be able to vote on matters before the full committee.”

Paul Blair is a political operative who has worked for various Republican campaigns and conservative organizations. Blair began his political career as the Virginia Field Director for the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a position he held from January 2008 to May 2009. He then worked on two Virginia Delegate races and interned at the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Club for Growth before starting to work as a new media associate at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). Blair has held a number of roles at ATR, and is currently the “Director of Strategic Initiatives,” where, according to his LinkedIn, he “handle[s] and oversee[s] a broad portfolio of state, local, and federal policy issues and projects for ATR, including free market energy reform, tobacco harm reduction, criminal justice reform, and pro-taxpayer state preemption efforts.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, Ben Lefebvre, “Interior royalty committee to meet on June 6,” Politico Pro, 05/17/18; LinkedIn Profile for Paul Blair, accessed 05/31/18; Alana Abramson, “Koch Brothers Continue Tax Reform Push With Ads Targeting Two Senators,” Fortune, 03/14/18]

Special Interests

American Legislative Exchange Council (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Blair is a member of the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Americans for Prosperity (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Blair worked as the Virginia Field Director for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-backed group that pushes pro-oil policies.

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Other Information

Paul Blair is currently a registered lobbyist for Americans for Tax Reform.

[Search for Paul Blair, Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 05/31/18]

Blair is a member of ALEC, and even thinks that ALEC is going “center-left” on energy and environment issues.

Paul Blair is a member of the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). [Zack Colman, “Climate civil war brewing at ALEC,” Energy & Environment, 11/15/17; Lisa Graves, “ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection,” The Nation, 07/12/11]

Blair believes that ALEC is going “center-left” on energy and environment issues. [Zack Colman, “Climate civil war brewing at ALEC,” Energy & Environment, 11/15/17]

Paul Blair has praised oil and gas drilling on social media.

Paul Blair has tweeted, “All of the above energy to me means drilling offshore, onshore, and everywhere we find oil or natural gas. Nuclear everywhere too. But the Left doesn’t want that.” [Tweet by Paul Blair, accessed 05/31/18]

Paul Blair, on April 19, 2018, tweeted “#DrillBabyBrill” and posted an Associated Press article titled “Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead” about the Trump administration drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [Tweet by Paul Blair, accessed 05/31/18]

Paul Blair is speaking at the Heartland Institute’s America First Energy Conference in August 2018.

[“Paul Blair,” America First Energy Conference 2018, accessed 05/31/18]