Climate Prosperity Project Wipes McGimsey From Its History

By Loudoun Insider

Check this out from the Climate Prosperity Project website:

“Climate Prosperity, Inc. celebrates its first full year as the national intermediary, non-profit 501-c-3 public-purpose organization with the recruitment of Andre N. Pettigrew, the former cabinet head of economic development for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, as our first Executive Director.”  (press release with more here)

“Our first Executive Director”???  Uh, guys, do you remember Andrea McGimsey, announced as your Executive Director in 2009?  You know, the Loudoun County supervisor who was hooked up with you guys while she was travelling around the country on the county taxpayers’ dime building up her resume as an energy expert solely on her county supervisor credentials?  The same one who pushed through a county energy plan while working for you guys and asking your conference participants “who wants to make some money” while later pimping herself out as a solar power contractor trying to do business in the county? 

Most of the references to McGimsey being hired as the first Executive Director have vanished from the web, especially from the Climate Prosperity Project website, but a couple references remain here and here.  Why the whitewashing?


Comments

  • Linda B says:

    C’mon, LI, you should be applauding them. They are helping Andrea finally come into compliance with her own rules … you know, the one about avoiding “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

    Poof! It’s disappeared!

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI, print out those links pronto.

    My comment on the Post article was removed from the story, but I got another one on before comments were closed.

    Don’t know how long it will stay.

    Seriously–anything you have on her, print it, take a screenshot, copy to disk.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    They actually removed your comments???

    I can just hear her know: “Damn it Caitlin (or whoever her contact is at the Post – probably someone much higher up the ladder than the Loudoun beat reporter), that was such a great resume builder for me that I can link to again and again to show how incredibly wonderful and progressive I am, but that damn Barbara Munsey ruined it by pointing out inconvenient truths!”

  • Linda B says:

    Barbara, what Post story did you comment on? Can you provide a link?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    The one I linked to two posts down the page:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080606266.html

    Looks like they removed one comment of hers, then closed the comments. Why shut off debate so soon? I gotta wonder if this was some kind of paid agenda piece (remember the “salon” controversy).

  • Leej says:

    I will say it again Loudoun’s bogus energy policy is a waste of money.

    Builders and developers know more about saving energy and saving money then any politician.

    I am sure Moorefield has been working on their energy programs long before McG came into the picture. Using the data centers has been around for awhile.

    Long before McG’s bogus energy policy. She is going to have a hard time getting elected to anything again.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I saved the webpage. Here’s what the first link said June 8, 2009:

    “Andrea McGimsey has been named as Climate Prosperity Project’s Executive Director. McGimsey has an extensive background in environmental and regional planning issues, currently serving on the Loudoun County, Virginia Board of Supervisors, chairing their Energy & Environment Committee. She previously held senior management positions with America Online (AOL), and owns a Virginia-based consulting firm. She is based in the Washington, D.C. suburb or Sterling, Va.”

    So how in the world is Andre Pettigrew the first Executive Director? Was McGimsey that bad?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Just noticed the typo there – I copied that directly!

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I think that if McG was improperly using the connection with her public position through CPP for personal gain (and those great posts on novatownhall that Joe did certainly look as if that was the case), then her involvement had to be disappeared, don’t you think?

    Can’t have a cyber record of any whiff of impropriety.

    Also, if it is that easy to rearrange their “history”, then it might bear investigation of how real THEY are to begin with. McG can’t be the only person manufacturing credentials out of pixel cloth with this stuff.

    McG’s own “history” with Loudoun’s Future was pretty mutable. The “groups” she was part of a “coalition” with were primarily created by her in cyberland and added to the member list before they had members sometimes, and they changed names, disappeared and reappeared over time.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    As for disappearing posts at the Post, anyone could have complained, and it isn’t like she doesn’t have a network.

    I doubt a paid agenda piece so much as a press blitz by McG.

    Remember the Brambleton safety station, and the new public private partnership with REHAU on making it green?

    ….chirp….chirp

    She and Miller did an event at the Dulles South safety station, and after county staff and press (some of her staff couldn’t FIND THE BUILDING, fronting on Loudoun County Pkwy, so it was a bit late), a huge show was put on for three reporters and two citizens, of whom I was one.

    She and Miller both got good press out of it, right before the…energy grant request policy cap and trade whatever the hell they passed, and while Miller was running in the 86th.

    Never mentioned that no one was there except the show itself.

    Interactive marketing.

    Lots of sizzle.

    Where’s the beef?

    Who cares! You shouldn’t be eating meat anyway! It’s bad for the planet!

    lolol

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI and Linda B (and Joe?), I just had a thought.

    The post that was removed had a link to the nvth post which had the entire Delware YouTube Climate Prosperity video.

    Another thing to preserve for posterity is those YouTube pieces, before “who wants to make money being green” disappears from the record as well.

    Could explain the “oceania has ALWAYS been at war with eastasia” scrubbing of the CPP executive history, hmm?

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Weird stuff.

    Hey news media (I’m looking at you Loudoun Times-Mirror and Leesburg Today). You could do what used to be called investigative journalism here and find yourself relevant.

    Odd that an organization would do something like this. Very fishy.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Not odd at all eb, if it has to do with McG.

    Her various websites and groups were always interestingly mutable, and this isn’t the first time something has disappeared.

    The link LI posted to the old thread here on the solar installation bid?

    There’s a link in that that is no longer active, that used to show her amazing invisible “company”, Sidewalks and Cyberspace, as an MWAA bidder.

    That link went bad not long after that thread was created, and generating discussion.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Well, with all these interesting companies that she is and then isn’t part of, a person with your time and talents should be able to get to the bottom of it Barbara.

    Aren’t you a journalist now?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Nope, still just a columnist, eb.

    I’d rather see it as an in-depth investigative piece.

    But a column sounds like a good place to start, even if it is only opinion.

  • My copy of the edited video is on Vimeo so it’s not going anywhere,

    http://vimeo.com/8148489

    And anyway, if it is up there that means I have copies of it and the unedited version stored on a hard drive. Preserved for posterity.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Thank God, Joe.

    That may end up being the only artifact someday!

    Thank you.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI, what do you know about the new loudounstreams “coalition”?

    Supposedly formed to get the CBPO passed, I hear it is not actual;ly a group (yet), but one summer PEC intern from UVa.

    That is straight McGimsey, to put an intern or a volunteer true believer in charge of a computer screen and an email list, and call it a “coalition of concerned citizens” or a “group”. That’s how four people in the Transition Zone have been six or seven groups over the past five years.

    I have often wondered if “Sidewalks and Cyberspace” is how she may still be paid by her former employer to do exactly what she did for them when she was on their 990s by name, if not admitting it publically: astroturf.

    She may STILL be on their 990s, and nobody would know, if the payments are under various astroturf “companies”.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Well, we’ve still yet to find out who is paying her for who knows what. Which makes no sense since as a sole proprietorship there is no legal separation between herself and her business. Therefore all of her financials should be public information, but Jack Roberts (former PEC attorney) still backed her up on keeping things secret.

    And somehow it’s still OK for Kelly Burk to participate in discussions and vote on a budget for her boss.

    This county sucks as far as ethics goes.

    Oh yeah, someone accused me yesterday on the phone of being obssessed with McGimsey. I can emphatically state for the record there is nothing obssessive in me about her, I simply have an obssession to have truly honest ethical government, and she is the latest elected offciial to trash those values. And what makes that worse is that she railed against the same types of shortcuts and self dealing when she was on the outside. There’s nothing I despise more than hypocrites, and she’s the ranking one in Loudoun County now. And as pointed out in my latest post, the mainstream media simply ignores this stuff and regurgitates her self promoting PR. It’s ridiculous. Every time she wants to push some BS on the public, I’ll push back with the real story.

  • Ditto on what LI said above. She’s the biggest hypocrite I’ve witnessed in quite some time, now.
    And to “scrub” a website of any references to her existance is so damned…..Obama-like.

  • sally says:

    There’s a lot of big money and power behind the Climate Prosperity Project, means there are a lot of levers to pull and pressure to bear. Ordinary honest folk don’t have that kind of control or power….

    As for my FOIA, silence. I was ignored on my request for financial data. No one would do anything to help on this. Hate to say it LI, but the Republican’s on the Board could have pushed the financial thing, Scott York could of pushed it, the AG could have pushed it, but no one would make it an issue. Very discouraging–private citizens have to sue them to get any reaction. The Post spent $600,000 on its FOIA re the FBI stuff, and all they found was one embarrassing email from a constituent to Steve Snow about Lori Waters– they spent $600,000 on that FOIA bases on speculation that ended up being groundless or insufficient. Why won’t they spend just a little on this??? the Post is in the tank for Andrea McG despite all the self dealing/conflicts/deceit, etc… Makes you kind of sick to your stomach….

  • BlackOut says:

    Sally, were is your proof the Post sent 600K?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    BlackOut, that’s probably about right.

    It was a FOIA of ALL government and personal correspondence of several supes, and the copies alone and the staff time to do them would be thousands.

    They got two years of shadowy nonstories and opinion pieces out of them, and a Board with McG and Miller.

    Probably cheap at the cost, on many levels.

  • sally says:

    BalckOut, I do not have proof, only know what I have been told by reputable sources. They had someone working for years there, every day. I did FOIA the Post’s FOIA request, to see what they asked for, and it was amazing, they wanted and were allowed to go through just about every file in the county. They were allowed to put many of the documents on their own memory cards, which did save them some money–but they had lawyers and all kinds of people involved.

    Trust me, it is easy to rack up a several thousand dollar bill on a “simple” FOIA, not using any lawyers and not employing anyone to comb through the pages of documents.

  • LI, any thinking person could see you are simply focusing on an egregious ethics question raised by a prominent Loudoun public official. I don’t think anyone has even scratched the surface of Andrea McGimsey’s deals.

    Though investigative reporting by those who are paid to do it has been dying for a long time in this area, I think we can finally say about professional journalism in Loudoun County: time of death, now.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    McG continually gets kid glove treatment from the Post and little attention whatsoever from the locals. She’s bad as Steve Snow in my opinion, but Barb makes a point, where’s the FOIAs and constant attention? Absolutely a double standard at work here.

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