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July 8, 2019

“Donor-Driven” Lawyers “Threaten The Legitimacy” of AG Work, Group Says

An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal from a group called Government Accountability and Oversight said the use of donor-funded “special assistant attorneys general” by state attorneys general “threaten[s] the legitimacy and important work” of their offices. 

The piece directly points to the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, as an example of such a donor-funded group that has placed lawyers in attorney general offices in several states. The “special assistant attorneys general” funded by these groups work only on litigation that aligns with the goals of Bloomberg Philanthropies, in this case environmental litigation.

The group said “[s]tate legal officers taking money from private funders to pursue policy outcomes desired by those funders is inherently suspect.”

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