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Kevin Connor

Panel criticizes fracking study, UT ethics rules

Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative in Buffalo, N.Y., called the 42-page report - the product of a three-month review - "damning. " "It sheds some much-needed sunlight on the whole process of the original fracking report, and it's not a pretty picture," said ...

Fix the Debt isn't going anywhere The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

The result has been perceptions of a "tremendous conflict of interest," says Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative. While the CEOs' companies call for shared sacrifice, their companies are compelled by shareholder interest to simultaneously privatelylobby ...

Critics Attack Influence of the Committee to Save New York (Gotham Gazette, May 03, 2012)

“They come across as altruistic, but the policies they defend are to protect their bottom line,” said Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative, a public interest advocacy group. The committee’s most important members, Connor said, are the Partnership for New York City...

Energy Nominee Ernest Moniz Criticized for Backing Fracking Ties to BP, GE, Saudis...

We speak to Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative and ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott, who have both authored investigations into Moniz’s ties to industry. [includes rush transcript] This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: President ...

Fuel Fix » Frackers fund university research that proves their case

“This report got more traction with the media because it was framed as independent,” Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative, a Buffalo non-profit that focuses on corruption in business and government, said in an interview. Connor’s group, which is preparing ...

Fuel Fix » Energy nominee’s MIT gas study faulted over industry ties

“The public should have been informed that MIT’s natural gas study was written by representatives of the oil and gas industry,” said Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative, a research group in Buffalo, New York that is critical of the use of hydraulic fracturing ...

“Frackademia” – MIT’s Ernest Moniz, Obama’s Top Candidate for Energy Secretary, Oversees Pro-Industr...

Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative in Buffalo, said universities need to properly “manage the conflicts” within academic-industry collaborations, and disclosure is an important first step. “Disclosure is a piece of it, but beyond that it’s a question of how ...

AUSTIN, Texas: Lead author of fracking study is industry board member

"The report was presented as if it was an independent study of fracking when, in fact, the study was led by a gas industry insider," said Kevin Connor, the director of the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative in Buffalo, N.Y., which reported the researcher's role Monday. Charles ...

Military Pundits Cover Up Conflicts of Interest Re Syria

Kevin Connor, co-author of the Public Accountability Initiative report, comments on such disclosure oversight: Now, the importance of that is that readers and viewers at home, who are, you know, seeing these people comment, are introduced to them as having gravitas and credibility—former ...

Report faults Heinz Endowments head for gas ties

Kevin Connor, the director of the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Public Accountability Initiative, wrote in the report that Vagt's presence on the Kinder Morgan board creates a conflict of interest for Heinz, particularly as it relates to support for the Center for Sustainable Shale. But after the ...

Panelist reviewing fracturing study has his own industry ties

But Augustine "doesn't pass the smell test" because he served on the board of Houston-based ConocoPhillips or its predecessor company from 1989 to 2008, said Kevin Connor, a director of the Public Accountability Initiative, a watchdog group in Buffalo, N.Y. Steven Leslie, UT Austin's ...

Fracking Debate Complicates As Group Accuses University Of Parroting Oil Industry

Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative, called the report inaccurate and biased toward the oil and natural gas industry. Timothy Considine, one of the authors of the shale institute study, said his report is not biased and based on data, and is open to anyone's ...

Fracking found to emit less methane than was thought

"The industry sponsorship of the study raises conflict-of-interest questions," Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative said in a statement Monday. "While the sponsors are disclosed in the body of the article, no information is offered about how conflicts of interest were ...

Bass Pro Billionaire Building Megastores With Taxpayers

"It's sort of funny because they had had a lot of success in the local media in getting their story out," said Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative. Bass Pro said in its statement to Bloomberg News that because of "development challenges," it gave up after ...

SUNY fracking institute questioned

Kevin Connor, president of the Public Accountability Initiative, said Mr. Augustine's ties to the oil industry raise questions about the panel's independence. Mr. Augustine over almost 20 years received "millions of dollars" in stock and compensation from ConocoPhillips, according to Mr. ...

Do you take George Soros’s money? Congratulations: you’re pro-fracking!

“The report was presented as if it was an independent study of fracking when, in fact, the study was led by a gas industry insider,” said Kevin Connor, the director of the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative in Buffalo, N.Y., which reported the researcher’s role Monday. In the ...

UT accepts panel criticism of fracking report, agrees to...

Kevin Connor — director of the Public Accountability Initiative, which tracks the relationship between corporations and academic research and which first called into question Groat’s role in July — called the independent review a “damning critique.” “It’s a significant stand for ...

Life: Style, Books, Gardening, Health, Fitness and Travel

Kevin Connor, director of the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative, which has tracked ties between natural gas companies and academic research into hydraulic fracturing, cried foul, arguing that the findings of the review panel are de facto compromised. ConocoPhillips, whose work ...

Groups ask for probe of Gov. Cuomo, business lobby link

“Instead of funding retirees and school children, this public money is turning millionaires into billionaires,” said Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative...

Obama’s Energy secretary: A new revolving door

He recently wrote an article called “Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama’s Energy Pick.” Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative, a nonprofit research organization focused on corporate and government accountability. The group recently ...

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