Karen Buchwald Wright
Wright is the CEO of Ariel Corporation (Mount Vernon, Ohio), the world's largest manufacturer of certain compressors used to extract, transport, store, and distribute natural gas.
The increase in natural gas "fracking" in Ohio's Utica shale region has been a boon to Ariel's business along with increased drilling in Texas, Canada and elsewhere.
Wright is also on the board of the American Petroleum Institute.
Wright has slammed warnings about global warming as "questionable science" and has spoken against "so-called green jobs," which she says are "dubious" and "phony."
Wright is a big political spender. She gave $319,950 in the 2011-12 federal election cycle to campaigns and Super PACs, including $100,000 to Karl Rove's American Crossroads Super PAC. Wright hosted a town hall meeting with Mitt Romney during his 2012 campaign at the company's Mount Vernon, Ohio factory.
Wright also spoke during a 2010 "Rally for Jobs" event organized by Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity in 2010 to promote the oil industry shortly after BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers.