WASHINGTON, DC — “At least one group that seriously considered [Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey] McClendon’s offer, the NRDC, decided in the end that his support would constitute a conflict of interest. Half a dozen senior NRDC leaders and energy staffers — including John Adams, its founding director — traveled to Chesapeake’s Oklahoma headquarters in early 2008 to have what NRDC spokeswoman Jenny Powers described as ‘a serious and frank conversation about fracking’ and to discuss a contribution to its ‘Move America Beyond Coal’ campaign. In a letter to the NRDC’s board of trustees earlier this month, President Frances Beinecke wrote that the group does not accept corporate donations and ‘decided that it would be unwise to accept his personal contribution.’”
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