ANN TIMBERLAKE IS HURTING HER OWN MOVEMENT …
For years, Ann Timberlake has been the face of the “green” movement in South Carolina. The executive director of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC), Timberlake has wielded immense influence at the S.C. State House – driving legislation and deciding which lawmakers receive the political and financial support of the broader environmental community.
“She’s one of the few up there whose bite matches her bark,” one veteran State House lobbyist told FITS.
But Timberlake’s sway may be fading under the capital dome in Columbia, S.C. – within her own movement and certainly among state lawmakers.
Earlier this year, former S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) board chairman Mike McShane returned an honor he received from the organization – the 2012 “Green Tie” award – reportedly in protest of Timberlake’s increasingly erratic advocacy.
The “Green Tie” is presented annually by CVSC to conservation activists who excel in the public policy arena.
More recently, multiple lawmakers tell FITS Timberlake threatened a pair of influential members of the S.C. House ways and means committee, which drafts the state’s annual $25 billion (and climbing) budget.
Did her threat work?
In fact we’re told both lawmakers reached out to other leaders in the conservation movement urging them to rein in Timberlake – or risk losing money for specific projects.
“She’s costing her people millions of dollars a year,” one lawmaker told FITS.
Frankly, we view the entire conservation movement as one big scam – in which special interests manipulate their relationships with powerful lobbyists and legislators to get specific projects funded under the guise of “eco-friendliness.”
With taxpayers picking up the bill …
Needless to say we’ll be keeping an eye on Timberlake, whose group increasingly strikes us as part of the problem – not the solution – when it comes to a truly greener Palmetto State.