Money Trails

Money Trails was created by the Western Values Project to document the influence that special interest groups, often disguised as citizen-led initiatives (sometimes referred to as “astroturf” front groups), exert on public lands issues throughout the West.

Initially focusing on four Western states–Arizona, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico–Money Trails provides research on legislation related to public lands, public officials, and the special interest groups in each state, highlighting any notable links between anti-public lands groups, state and federal lawmakers, and public policy.

Money Trails is meant to inform the public, policymakers and news media about the depth and breadth of the influence of special interest groups on America’s public lands. The public deserves to know how these groups are attempting to affect public lands decisions to benefit corporations and monied special interests. If you have a tip about a public land issue in your area or state, please send us an email.


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