I spent some time looking into the background of the PowerPastCoal.org campaign. I thought I might find out who exactly they are. I'm sure glad I did some more research because I discovered a tangled mess of organizations involved.
My original assertion was that this organization was a part of the Wild Earth Guardians Power Past Coal campaign. I mean really, they have the same name!
Looking further into the WEG website I see that they (WEG) " heartily endorse and are a part of 350.org, a broad-based coalition to bring carbon dioxide down to safe levels". Not sure who 350.org is but they just happen to be listed first on the list of organizations making up PowerPastCoal.org.
So I went ahead and looked up who the website (powerpastcoal.org) is registered to. Lo and behold it's registered to someone in New Hampshire with a 350.org email address. Very curious since their website claims that they are an organization that "acts locally".
350.org keeps who they really are private by using "Moniker Privacy Services" as as their registrant name. Hmmmmm? Why the secrecy?
The gist of the story is that we have a large number of "non profit" organizations contributing money to influence our local elections anonymously, and it isn't easy to track. In fact, it's very confusing. Most people wouldn't bother. Thanks to WhatcomWatchdog for even attempting it.