Breitbart cited CEI’s Senior Fellow Chris Horner’s “Law Enforcement for Rent” report.
In a curious twist, one of the attorneys who signed the complaint against Exxon Mobil is Matthew Eisenson, who holds the office of “Special Assistant Attorney General” (SAAG). As the Competitive Enterprise Institute noted in a report in August, “Law Enforcement for Rent: How Special Interests Fund Climate Policy through State Attorneys General,” SAAGs are “Research Fellows” funded by former New York City major Michael Bloomberg:
Led and funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this scheme hires “Research Fellows,” which it then places as activist “Special Assistant Attorneys General.” All of the participating OAGs [offices of attorneys general] had to promise that this work would not get done but for this private funding. All OAGs also certified they are not violating the law by accepting privately funded prosecutors. At best, as several OAGs tacitly admit, this unprecedented arrangement operates in a gray area with neither prohibition nor authority. One state where the scheme is arguably illegal is New York, where disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had a leading and organizing role at every stage of the campaign this paper describes.