The Washington Free Beacon cited Senior Fellow Christopher Horner's study, Law Enforcement for Rent.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a self-described free-market think tank, published the 56-page report, bolstering their claims with emails and documents from dozens of open records requests to AG offices and universities across the country over a two-and-a-half year period. Many of those requests had to be litigated to win release of the documents.
Chris Horner, the researcher and author of the paper titled "Law Enforcement for Rent," says the scheme may be expressly illegal in New York and Oregon, and is ethically dubious everywhere else.
"This approach represents an elaborate, deliberate plan to politicize state law enforcement offices in the service of an ideological, left-wing climate policy agenda that has been frustrated by the democratic process," the report said. "Under this scheme and deviating from standard government contracting procedures, private parties with an express policy advocacy agenda can pay to place activist investigators and lawyers in state AG offices to pursue that agenda."