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Leonardo DiCaprio’s non-profit foundation ‘funneled grants through dark money group to fund lawsuits against oil companies over climate change deception’, according to claims

Actor Leonardo DiCaprios non profit foundation funneled grants through a dark money group to fund lawsuits against oil companies over alleged climate change deception a series of emails have suggested.

Correspondence in 2017 says that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation LDF was a key supporter of law firm Sher Edling which has sued oil companies on behalf of both state and local governments.Sher Edlings lawsuits were filed with backing from the Collective Action Fund for Accountability Resilience and Adaptation a fund managed by dark money group Resources Legacy Fund RLF. This is according to Fox News Digital which was sent the emails by another tax exempt group called Government Accountability & Oversight GAO. According to RLF’s tax filings seen by Fox the group contributed more than $5.2million to law firm Sher Edling between 2017 and 2020.

While the group does not disclose its donors emails obtained by GAO through litigation suggest that DiCaprios foundation was involved in backing lawsuits brought against major oil companies on behalf of several states including Delaware Minnesota Rhode Island and cities including New York City Washington D.C San Francisco Baltimore Honolulu.The lawsuits allege that the companies have deceived the public about climate change and call on fossil fuel companies to take responsibility for rising sea levels.According to GAO it obtained the emails through litigation.Screenshots of the 2017 emails published by the group show Dan Emmett a major philanthropist contacting Ann Carlson then a University of California Los Angeles UCLA climate professor.

The emails suggest the pair helped Sher Edling with its fundraising efforts.Emmett and Carlson are shown discussing how Chuck Savitt Sher Edlings director of strategic client relationships had sought support from Emmett. Emmett also says that the law firm has already recieved support from LDF.The email specifically references Terry Tamminen who at the time was the CEO of the DiCaprio foundation.Carlson now a senior official in President Bidens administration was at the time serving as the co-director of the UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. The institute is still chaired by Emmett.

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