As the Trump administration worked to revise and relax federal fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks, an oil refiners trade group worked connections with Republican governors to rally support for the proposed rollback. Emails obtained by Documented , a watchdog group that tracks corporate influence in government, revealed that the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) were actively recruiting Republican Governors to sign onto a public comment letter supporting the weaker standards, while also “shopping around” a pre-written op-ed with language borrowed from the American Energy Alliance , a free market advocacy group run by a former Koch Industries lobbyist . A blockbuster New York Times investigation published in December revealed how AFPM, using a front group called Energy4US , deployed Facebook advertisements to prompt thousands of identical public comments filed in the Federal Register supporting the proposed rule. An earlier article on the Facebook […]