Job Creators Network

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Job Creators Network (JCN) is a U.S. advocacy group. JCN was founded in 2010 as the Job Creators Alliance by Bernie Marcus, the co-founder and former CEO of Home Depot. The organization files taxes under the Job Creators Action Fund (501(c)(4)) and has a foundation that files under the Job Creators Network Foundation (501(c)(3)). 

JCN is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational organization that describes itself as “bringing together job creators from large and small companies to educate Americans on the vital role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in creating jobs, spurring innovation, and ensuring America’s economic success.” The belief of the Job Creators Network is that “government policies are getting in the way of American economic freedom.” 

 

 

Evidence: 

Campaigns against climate change

The Green RAW Deal Ad Campaign

The Job Creators Network modified the name of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” to “Green RAW Deal.” JCN has compared the policies to “socialism” and gave examples of what the United States might turn into if the deal is adopted, including Venezuela, Cambodia, and the Soviet Union. JCN put up a set of billboards in Times Square depicting “farting cows” as a reference to the methane factory farming produces.

In reality, total emissions from livestock makes up 14.5% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions according to a United Nations report from the Food and Agriculture Organization. 

Anti-Climate Science Blogs

October 2, 2013: EPA & Shutdown: What About Non-Essential Regulations? 

  • Response to reports that the EPA may have to limit its workforce to less than seven percent.

  •  “Perhaps our nation would be better off if 93 percent of the [EPA] regulations were furloughed, rather than the thousands of workers needed to enforce them”

  • Fact Check: Exaggeration. 

    • Out of the 800,000 federal employees who ended up on furlough, 400,000 were from the Department of Defense. NASA, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Education had higher or similar percentages of furloughed employees. There were many more people and days of work lost at seven other departments or agencies before the EPA. Comparatively, the Department of Defense lost 1,600,000 days of work while the EPA lost 167,000 days of work.

May 21, 2015: Texas bans fracking bans; paves way for energy, jobs

  • Response to Texas policymakers passing a law that prohibits fracking bans in the state.

  • “Hydraulic fracturing has been declared safe by every relevant state and federal agency”

  • Fact Check: Misleading. 

    • The original EPA report said there was no evidence fracking had "led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States". The EPA decided to change the wording when asked to quantify the impacts and later said that they didn't have enough information to make a definite conclusion. In the report, the EPA identified chronic oral toxicity values from selected data sources for 98 of 1,084 chemicals. Potential hazards of these chemicals include cancer, immune system effects, changes in body weight, changes in blood chemistry, cardiotoxicity, neurotoxicity, liver and kidney toxicity, and reproductive and development toxicity. Chemicals frequently reported from data sources have critical effects including kidney/renal toxicity, hepatotoxicity, development toxicity, reproductive toxicity, and decreased terminal body weight. Furthermore, chronic oral toxicity values were identified for 120 of 599 chemicals detected.

August 18, 2015: Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ hurts economy

  • Response to Obama’s Clean Power Plan which requires states to reduce carbon emissions by around one-third of 2005 levels by 2030. 

  • “Carbon emissions have already dropped by 10 percent since 2005… because of the country’s increased use of natural gas”

  • “The most obvious victim… will be coal plants, many of which will need to shut down “

  • “The law will disproportionately hurt [the economically disadvantaged]

  • Fact Check: Misleading. 

    • In Obama's Clean Power Plan, low carbon electricity generation technologies, including renewables, energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear and carbon capture and storage were ways for states to comply with the federal carbon standards. In 2015, CO2 emissions actually dropped by 12%. Additionally, the Clean Power Plan included improvements that would save Americans $85 on their energy bill in 2030 and save all consumers a total of $155 billion from 2020 to 2030.

October 2, 2015: New ozone rule threatens economic freedom for businesses, Americans

  • Response to the EPA’s new regulation that calls for ozone levels to be no higher than 70 parts per billion (less than the 2008 standard at 75 ppb). 

  • “Federal regulations continue to encroach upon this newfound energy security and the economic freedom that comes with it by imposing another rule that threatens Americans right in the wallet - especially minorities and poor”

  • Fact Check: False. 

    • The EPA estimates that an ozone limit of 70 ppb will yield health benefits valued at $2.9 to $5.9 billion annually in 2025 nationwide (besides California). Annual benefits include avoiding a range of harmful health effects such as: 

      • 320 to 660 premature deaths 
      • 230,000 asthma attacks in children 
      • 160,000 days when kids miss school
      • 28,000 missed work days
      • 630 asthma-related emergency room visits
      • 340 cases of acute bronchitis in children
    • In 2015, a study found that an average charge for an asthma-related emergency room visit was $1,502. These visits are “disproportionately common among minorities, those of lower socio-economic status, and the uninsured.”

January 2, 2017: Tax Cuts Legislation Also Means More Energy Independence

  • Response to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

  • “The legislation only opens up 2,000 acres (0.01%) of the [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge]  to drilling. So there is little cause for environmental concern”

  • Fact Check: False. 

    • Greenpeace has made a list of reasons why ANWR should not be opened for drilling. 

June 1, 2017: Job Creators Network Applauds Withdrawal of U.S. Participation in Paris Climate Treaty

  • Response to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty.

  • Founder Bernie Marcus: “Today’s decision… to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty is a major win for the 85 million Americans whose livelihoods depend on small businesses… the president has kept electricity costs reasonable for all businesses...  frees the U.S. from an unfair deal that would have allowed China and India to build coal plants at America’s expense” 

  • Fact Check: False. 

    • The Guardian reported that “three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households.” 

June 2, 2018: Don’t blame Trump for $3 gas

  • Response to Democrat criticism of higher oil prices because of Trump’s foreign policies. 

  • “The best way to keep gas prices as low as possible is for Democrats to give up their opposition to domestic oil production and permanently shelve their gas tax increase proposals”

  • Fact Check: Misleading. 

    • The US became the world’s top producer and consumer of oil in August of 2018 when gas prices were $2.90 per gallon. The prices dropped to $2.34 in January of 2019 but have risen again to $2.98 in May of 2019. 

March 10, 2019: The Radical Left Is Openly Targeting Free Enterprise

  • Response to Amazon’s pullout of a potential second headquarters in New York and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s introduction of the “Green New Deal”

  • “Ocasio Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’... seeks to upend the U.S. Constitution as we know it - including its safeguards for free enterprise”

  • “Businesses will also be forced to comply with unreasonable government regulations in the name of being more ‘eco-friendly’ - the genesis of yet more financial struggle”

  • Fact Check: Exaggerated. 

    • The Guardian reported that “three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households.” Additionally, the second part of the first statement about the U.S. Constitution’s safeguards for free enterprise is subjective based on how the JCN interprets the Constitution. Explicitly, the phrase “free enterprise” does not appear in the constitution.

 

other campaigns and connections

In 2017, JCN, FreedomWorks, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) formed a lobbying coalition that was heavily involved in supporting tax cuts and partnered with Newt Gingrich to pressure Congress and state legislators to support income tax cuts in 2017, including cuts for large corporations. The coalition met with state lawmakers and ran JCN sponsored events in election swing states. It has also opposed raising the minimum wage, government regulation of small businesses, and the Affordable Care Act

JCN began its campaign named “ObamaCare Hurts” in 2017. Additionally, it has opposed Amazon’s decision to terminate its plan of a second headquarters in New York. JCN sponsored attack ads on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in Times Square in February of 2019, blaming the Congresswoman for Amazon’s decision. In March of 2019, JCN paid for billboards attacking the Green New Deal calling it the “Green RAW Deal.”

Fifty-four percent ($1,051,119) of the organization’s expenses went to consultants in 2014. The same year Berman and Co. was listed for media consulting and Mother Jones confirmed Berman’s lengthy involvement with JCN. In 2017, Berman and Co. was paid $2.5 million for its services. 

Richard Berman has been in the PR industry since the 1990s attacking bills to curb secondhand smoke and drunk driving laws. Additionally, 60 Minutes dubbed Berman, Dr. Evil, because of his use of deceptive front group names such as the Environmental Policy Alliance which attacks environmental advocacy groups and fights against environmental regulation by the government. The New York Times later documented Berman’s promise of hiding the identity of his to a room full of oil company executives:

We run all of this stuff through non-profit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors. There is total anonymity. People don’t know who supports us."

job creators network funding

2010 - Total Revenue = $1,051,132 

2011 - Total Revenue = $2,710,958 

  • Marcus Foundation: $500,000 
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association Inc: $1,000,000 
  • Donors Trust, Inc.: $125,000 
  • John William Pope Foundation: $100,000 
  • Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation: $25,000

2012 - Total Revenue = $2,344,375

  • Marcus Foundation: $200,000 
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association Inc: $425,000
  • Luddy Charitable Foundation: $10,000 
  • William E. Simon Foundation: $1,000 
  • John Dawson Foundation: $50,000
  • Anschutz Foundation: $100,000

2013 - Total Revenue = $1,982,590

  • Marcus Foundation: $200,000 
  • John William Pope Foundation: $8,000
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association Inc: $1,000,000 
  • Mercer Foundation: $100,000 
  • Luddy Charitable Foundation: $23,000
  • Anschutz Foundation: $100,000 

2014 - Total Revenue = $2,362,386 

  • Marcus Foundation: $1,000,000 
  • Mercer Foundation: $100,000 
  • Anschutz Foundation: $50,000

2015 - Total Revenue = $3,057,826

  • Marcus Foundation: $1,000,000
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association: $450,000 

2016 - Total Revenue = 2,738,214

  • Mercer Foundation: $100,000 
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association: $500,000

2017 - Total Revenue = 11,138,301

  • Retail Industry Leaders Association: $50,000 

 

Bernie Marcus has donated $2.7 million through his Marcus Foundation to JCN and founded the network with a $500,000 donation. Marcus spent $7.9 million on the 2018 midterm elections and donated $7 million to Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. Marcus once said that retail companies that don’t support the Republican party should be shot.” 

 

CEO of jcn

Alfredo Ortiz, CEO of Job Creators Network and Job Creators Foundation. Ortiz is a board member for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He commonly writes articles on limiting government regulations and small businesses. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and Fox News. Ortiz has been a keynote speaker at ALEC’s annual meeting and maintains a profile on their website. Ortiz also has a profile on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

 

board members

Andrew Puzder, Former CEO, CKE Restaurants, Inc. Puzder served as a delegate to the 2012 & 2016 Republican National Convention. Additionally, Puzder is the national council co-chair on the American Enterprise Institute

Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation Fellow. Moore is a former fellow of the Cato Institute and wrote two papers at Cato supporting mining for rare earth metals domestically. He founded the Club for Growth, which was sued in 2009 by the FEC for failing to register as a PAC. He founded the Free Enterprise Fund and is a member of the Private Enterprise Advisory Council for ALEC. Additionally, he wrote two commentaries on the Green New Deal for the Heritage Foundation. One focused on the feasibility of the Green New Deal. The second focused on how Obama’s version of the Green New Deal failed, a precursor of what will happen to the current version of the Green New Deal.

 

oil & energy ceos affiliated with jcn

Maximo Alvarez, Owner and President of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc. In 2017, Politico wrote that “Sunshine has gasoline sales agreements with several major oil companies including Citgo, Chevron, and Exxon Mobil.” Alvarez serves on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Consumer Council. 

Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA. He was the President of Mansfield Oil Company and was the President and Chief Strategy Officer for Mansfield Energy Corp. He serves on the board of the Job Creators Network Foundation. Haugh worked for Exxon and held senior management positions at H&W Petroleum and FuelQuest Inc.

David Hernandez, CEO of Liberty Power. Hernandez founded the utilities company in 2001 and has been the CEO ever since. Previously, he worked as a finance manager at Enron.

 

partner organizations

Americans for Prosperity, Libre Initiative, and Generation Opportunity are Koch-controlled organizations and partners of JCN. Other partner organizations include:
 

 

affiliated business leaders

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