Virginia Legislature Thwarts Bloomberg’s Environmental Attorney Scheme

The Washington Free Beacon cites Senior Fellow Christopher C. Horner on the state attorney general climate scheme.

The inner workings of Bloomberg’s multi-state scheme came to light last August when Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, published a lengthy exposéshowing similar attorneys placed in other AG offices around the country were not paid with state funds, but by a specially created “State Impacts” center at the New York University School of Law funded by Bloomberg.

Horner argued Bloomberg was effectively creating his own “mercenary” legal task force that had the additional advantage of being backed by the power of the state.


“That this vote by the General Assembly was even necessary is itself incredible given that not one, but four provisions of the Virginia Code already prohibit this unprecedented arrangement—as we are arguing in ongoing litigation against [Attorney General Mark] Herring’s office for documents related to this scheme,” Horner told the Washington Free Beacon by email.

“Sunday’s vote is a statement from Virginia’s elected representatives that Bloomberg’s money can’t buy a donor’s way into Virginia law enforcement. We applaud this vote while wondering, what’s wrong with the rest of these legislatures?”

According to Horner’s research, other jurisdictions whose OAGs have accepted one or more Bloomberg attorneys are: Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Washington state, and the District of Columbia.

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