Trump and Friends Cash In

A version of this story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Pacific Standard as a sidebar to “Death on the Dakota Access.” Subscribe now to support independent journalism in the public interest.

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The Producer

Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources
Fracking King” Harold Hamm, dubbed Trump’s “energy whisperer” for his oversized role influencing the candidate’s energy policy, was a regular Trump sidekick at oil-country appearances pre- and post-election. Hamm donated personally to Trump’s presidential bid, while Continental Resources ponied up $100,000 for the inauguration. After DAPL’s completion, Continental’s Bakken oil production surged, rising 58 percent between the last quarters of 2016 and 2017 and nearly 50 percent between March of 2017 and March of 2018. Hamm credited

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