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Docs Show Green Billionaire Privately Lobbied Illinois AG To Join Anti-Exxon Crusade

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The Daily Caller cited CEI's "Government for Rent" report. 

Billionaire activist Wendy Abrams attempted to lobby Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to join other states in suing ExxonMobil, according to emails obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Madigan never took up the offer, but Abrams’ pitch shows the effort to sue oil companies started sooner than originally suspected.

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CEI’s documents were published on Sept. 11 and detail the actions of a group of AGs and activists, led by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that eventually led to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg paying for “legal fellows” to work in state law enforcement.

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At least six state AG offices accepted Bloomberg-funded legal fellows, according to CEI’s documents, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.

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