Real Clear Energy: How the Left Occupies Attorneys General Offices — A Case Study in Capture


Newly obtained public records offer a window into one of the most troubling political developments in recent years. That is the enlistment of state attorneys general by activists and tort lawyers to advance an agenda when stymied by democracy. These new emails provide a case-study in the capture of an AG’s office….

Emails obtained by the nonprofit transparency group Energy Policy Advocates show that, soon after [Michigan Attorney General Dana] Nessel assumed the Office (“OAG”) in 2019, it brought in a consultant named Stanley “Skip” Pruss…

Pruss was brought in ostensibly as Nessel’s alternate on a body called the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), which meets three times a year. He was capped at $20,000 per year for this, which was soon doubled to $40,000.

This arrangement seems pretextual, as Pruss is broadly influential as the greens’ Swiss Army knife, a taxpayer-funded direct conduit to the AG and senior officials on all the top priorities of environmentalists and the plaintiff’s bar — from investigating private parties to blocking a replacement for Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline under the Mackinac Straights.

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