This is a guest post by Cindy Baxter, originally published by Climate Investigations Center
For some reason, ExxonMobil has delayed publishing its corporate giving report this year, well beyond the normal timing. Is the report undergoing new internal scrutiny due to the investigations launched by several states?
Normally, by this time of year, Exxon has published what it calls its Worldwide Giving Report, as part of its Corporate Citizenship Report. This report details to whom the ExxonMobil Foundation has given grants - everything from universities to health organizations to think tanks and corporate trade associations.
This data has been the source of the running tally ExxonSecrets has kept since the late 1990’s on the company’s funding of climate denial. The report (called “dimensions” in the early days) is a summary of the filings the ExxonMobil Foundation has to give to the IRS each year.
ExxonSecrets looked carefully at the groups receiving Exxon funding under its “Public Policy and Information” section, selected those running climate denial campaigns, and tallied the funding, adding figures from “corporate” funding.
The running total of ExxonMobil funding from 1997-2014 is $31,853,735.