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Environmental activists who were arrested for breaking the law while protesting at the Colorado state capital last week ahead of Governor Jared Polis’ annual State of the State address are receiving financial help from leading liberal figures.

The British-backed environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, known for using extreme tactics, was the subject of a New York Times exposé on Friday reviewing its backing from millionaires.

One of the latest mega-donors to emerge in climate activism is the heir to an oil fortune who owns several massive properties and works with a consultant known for using philanthropy as a tool to burnish the images of celebrities.

Extinction Rebellion

A foreign environmental group, recently backed by new donations from by wealthy United States billionaires and anti-energy groups, has popped up on the scene in Colorado, seeking to cause mayhem at government meetings and to shut down oil and natural gas production.