The liberal environmentalist group Sierra Club admitted that it took $26 million in donations from a major natural gas company and used the money to fund the group’s anti-coal campaign.

“In 2010, soon after I became the organization’s executive director, I learned that beginning in 2007 the Sierra Club had received more than $26 million from individuals or subsidiaries of Chesapeake Energy, one of the country’s largest natural gas companies,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune wrote on the Sierra Club website.

Brune said that the reason the Sierra Club took the money was that it felt that it shared a “common purpose” with Chesapeake Energy – ending the use of coal.

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