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Theirs: State AGs Should Eschew Privately Funded Litigators

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Rapid City Journal cited CEI's Senior Fellow Chris Horner on privately funded Attorney Generals.

With the courts and Trump Administration rolling back federal climate regulation, green activists have turned to the states. But there's a troubling ethical twist: Instead of merely lobbying, activists are placing employees in attorneys general offices in dubious private-public condominiums.

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Those progress reports would explain "the contribution that the legal fellow has made to the clean energy, climate change, and environmental initiatives" within the attorney general's office, according to a December 2017 draft of an agreement between the Center and the New York AG obtained by Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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At least six state AG offices have already brought on board a special assistant attorney general, according to an August report by Mr. Horner. Besides New York, the jurisdictions include Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia. In September, Mr. Horner learned that Illinois and New Mexico have brought on special assistant AGs as well, which was confirmed by the NYU outfit.

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