Anti-Trump AG Sued For Using Bloomberg-Funded Attorneys To Promote A Climate Crusade

From The Daily Caller

Chris White | Energy Reporter

A Virginia-based law firm sued Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Monday for using attorneys financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to engage in a climate crusade against Exxon Mobil.

Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) filed the lawsuit against Healey for using two privately funded attorneys to focus on prosecuting oil and gas companies. The attorneys are paid through a $6 million grant from Bloomberg and have ties to the anti-Exxon campaign.

GAO, which is filing on behalf of Energy Policy Advocates (EPA), is seeking correspondence and documentation of the hiring and work of these attorneys. Healey, a Democrat, is a critic of President Donald Trump and has promised her constituents that she will work to prevent the president from opening up coasts for oil and gas drilling.

Bloomberg, a prominent Democratic donor, launched the Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2017 with a $6 million campaign to embed attorneys in AG offices to push back against Trump’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree as fellow honorary degree recipients musician Aretha Franklin (L) and former United States President George H.W. Bush (R) applaud during the 363rd Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree as fellow honorary degree recipients musician Aretha Franklin (L) and former United States President George H.W. Bush (R) applaud during the 363rd Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Various AGs are reportedly using them to engage in climate lawsuits against Exxon. For instance, Gavin McCabe, a lawyer connected to Bloomberg Philanthropies, signed an amicus brief in June 2018 supporting New York City’s yearlong climate lawsuit against Exxon and Chevron. (RELATED: Bloomberg’s Climate Crusading Apparently Isn’t Enough For Some Enviros)

Critics believe Bloomberg uses his group as a type of pass-through entity through which donors can support elected officials with resources that legislatures will not provide and which donors cannot legally provide directly. Much of his money targeting oil companies goes through Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Timothy Cornell, an attorney representing EPA, said agreements between private parties and the attorney general should be made public. “I’m not anticipating anything specific in these agreements. All I know is that the public should know what’s in them,” Cornell said to the Boston Herald. “The public should know what’s going on with their government.”

Healey’s office has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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John W. Garrett
June 6, 2019 2:54 am

Mikey Bloomberg has an obsessive compulsive disorder with respect to climate. Unfortunately, he also has a near-bottomless checkbook and what is essentially a private broadcast platform that he uses to promote his opinion. He is the very definition of a limousine liberal.

Reply to  John W. Garrett
June 6, 2019 3:40 am

He is pretty much against everything including the U.S. Constitution. Life Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness are his enemies.

Reply to  Mikeyj
June 6, 2019 6:05 pm

Except for HIS Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Reply to  John W. Garrett
June 6, 2019 5:20 am

Four weeks ago he was laying into Trump for the high oil price.
Today he is laying into Trump for the low oil price.
His sense of logic rivals that of OAC.

Dr. Bob
Reply to  toorightmate
June 6, 2019 6:51 am

Bloomberg is probably smarting from losses trying to manipulate oil prices through his financial entities. Major banks and investment houses are pulling away from crude speculation as they find it is too volatile and market forces much bigger than they are impact the price of crude making it hard to control and milk for profits. What a shame for them. Thus Bloomberg bitches when prices rise or fall outside of his control and he doesn’t make the massive profits he wants for himself.

June 6, 2019 3:05 am

Nice theyve been sued and outed though;-) alittle sunshine on the undead might work wonders;-)

June 6, 2019 3:52 am

The suit asks the court to force the release of public records. link It doesn’t seek monetary damages except costs.

IMHO, it’s a bit sleazy that people give their organizations acronyms like EPA and GAO. It makes it seem like the government is doing something which is, in fact, being done by private parties.

Given the Democrat/Republican split on support for CAGW, it would be nice if a court would acknowledge that the issue is more about politics than about science.

Mark Broderick
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2019 4:47 am

“Gutfeld on Elizabeth Warren’s apocalyptic climate change rhetoric”

R Shearer
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2019 5:43 am

Over the years, legislating the allowance of the U.S. government to use propaganda has been expanded from countering foreign propaganda to active use on citizens for the purpose of promoting agendas.

“Public service” announcements from the National Ad Council are in many cases beneficial. However, it is particularly insidious that news organizations are told what to report and they are paid for doing so for what amounts to be brain washing.

Phil R
Reply to  R Shearer
June 6, 2019 11:01 am

“Public service” announcements from the National Ad Council are in many cases beneficial simplistic and insult the intelligence of most normal people.


If I were too stupid not to know you shouldn’t text and drive in the first place, why would a stupid radio ad telling me not to text and drive all of a sudden get my attention?

OH MY, I never thought it was dangerous to text and drive, but that ad I just heard on the radio sure set me straight! I’ll never text and drive again! But I can’t wait to get home so I can play indoor baseball with avocados. 🙂

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Johor
June 6, 2019 4:03 am

It is very interesting how in the USA the government is literally at the beck and call of the people. Revealing contracts between private persons or organisations and the government is unusual in many countries.

A government “of the people” is very different from a government of one party in which the government and its ruling party treat the people as an enemy to be fooled and manipulated.

To the extent the employees of government are accountable to the people as a whole, the people can demand action and correct a busy and misuse.

The law suit in this case is the public protecting their interests against the possible manipulation of the government system by an individual – something to be abhorred.

This case we need to watch as well.

June 6, 2019 4:08 am

I keep hoping that Mikey’s ego will get so big, he’ll blow up like a blimp; and the last anyone will see of him will be when he’s carried aloft over the Atlantic.

Bryan A
Reply to  Sara
June 6, 2019 12:21 pm

Then he could join the other great Bloviator Al the Goracle

Tom Abbott
June 6, 2019 4:32 am

It sounds like a criminal conspiracy to me.

Socialist billionaires should not be able to buy their own personal prosecuting attorney in the State Attorney General’s Office to do their bidding.

State Attorneys General should not be engaging in partisan political prosecutions paid for by socialist billionaires.

Where’s the DOJ and the FBI in all this?

Pat Frank
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 6, 2019 9:19 am

Agreed, Tom. The imposition of large private money by-passes the legislative control of the purse. It also serves biased policing, and seems a very dangerous trend.

Bryan A
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 6, 2019 12:22 pm


Samuel C Cogar
June 6, 2019 4:35 am

Excerpted from above article:

Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) filed the lawsuit against (Massachusetts Attorney General Maura) Healey for using two privately funded attorneys to focus on prosecuting oil and gas companies. The attorneys are paid through a $6 million grant from (Michael) Bloomberg and have ties to the anti-Exxon campaign.

Call it what it is, ………. a bribe, …….. not a grant, ……. and prosecute both Bloomberg and Healey.

Bribery – Overview

Bribery refers to the offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty. This type of action results in matters that should be handled objectively being handled in a manner best suiting the private interests of the decision maker. Bribery constitutes a crime and both the offeror and the recipient can be criminally charged.

Proof of bribery requires demonstrating a “quid pro quo” relationship in which the recipient directly alters behavior in exchange for the gift. Because the relationship does not occur directly enough, campaign donations from corporations or individuals to political candidates do not constitute bribery. Another element of proving bribery includes proving intent to influence the discharging of another’s official duties. Some statutes also require proof that both parties understand and agree to the arrangement. Attempts to bribe exist at common law and under the Model Penal Code, and often, the punishment for attempted bribery and completed bribery are identical. Solicitation of a bribe also constitutes a crime and is completed regardless of whether the solicitation results in the receipt of a valuable gift. Economists consider bribery to negatively impact economic growth because it encouraged rent seeking behavior. Rent seeking behavior refers to an individual’s or corporation’s attempt to illicitly influence the open market in order to provide that individual or corporation with a disproportionate amount of wealth. Such an environment results in a sub-optimal allocation of resources, which results in depressed economic growth.

Violators may be prosecuted under federal statute 18 U.S.C. 201 – Bribery.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 6, 2019 6:13 am

If someone gives something directly to a public official, that’s bribery. I think where I live it’s illegal for any public official to take a gift worth more than ten bucks. That’s not what happened here though. The AG wasn’t personally enriched.

In some jurisdictions, it is legal for private parties to assist the public prosecutor. example In such cases, there is no upper limit on the amount of money that the AG’s department can accept. So, whether or not something illegal happened depends entirely on the state laws involved.

The lawsuit isn’t alleging that there was any illegal activity, it just asks for proper disclosure of what was going on.

A bit off topic – I was heartened to hear the following from President Trump:

I believe that there is a change in weather. And, I think it changes both ways.

Don’t forget: it used to be called ‘global warming’ – that wasn’t working. Then, it was called ‘climate change.’ Now, it’s actually called ‘extreme weather’ – because, with ‘extreme weather,’ you can’t miss. link

Pat Frank
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2019 9:21 am

commieBob, your example doesn’t analogize private funding of public Attorneys General to pursue biased prosecutions.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2019 10:25 am

commieBob – June 6, 2019 at 6:13 am

In some jurisdictions, it is legal for private parties to assist the public prosecutor. “example

cBob, this was excerpted from your cited “example”, to wit:

Kansas law allows crime victims to pay for lawyers to assist prosecutors as “associate attorneys,” and the slain deputies’ families hired married law partners Tom and Tricia Bath, The Kansas City Star reports .

commieBob, that is all well and good in the case of “crime victims”, …….. but there is really no way in hell that you or anyone else can claim that Blumberg and/or his Philanthropies are “crime victims” of any global warming crime(s) that involved the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by oil and gas companies, …… namely Exon/Mobile, ……. SIMPLY BECAUSE, …… there is/was no such crime that has been previously determined by politicians or Officers of the Court, …….. but on the contrary, ……the literal fact is, the $6 million “bribe” money given by Michael Bloomberg to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was specifically meant for the AG to persuade a Jury that a “crime” had been committed based solely on, per se, paid “expert opinions” and nothing else. No facts, no evidence, no proofs, ……. just hearsay claims of associations, correlations, insinuations, etc.

commieBob, as far as I’m concerned, Bloomberg was bribing the NY AG, ……. but was just legally donating to the non-profit Sierra Club, to wit:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 11, 2017 – Michael R. Bloomberg announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign

To date, Bloomberg has invested over $100 million in protecting the environment and public health through its support of the Beyond Coal campaign. Since 2011, when Bloomberg Philanthropies first partnered with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign,
read more here

Tom Abbott
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2019 4:50 pm

Trump unmoved by Prince Charles’s appeal on climate change

Yahoo News
Dylan Stableford
Jun 5th 2019 2:09PM

During his three-day state visit to the United Kingdom, President Trump had scheduled a 15-minute meeting about climate change with Prince Charles, a noted environmentalist.

The meeting went on for 90 minutes. And Trump, a noted climate change skeptic who once called global warming a “Chinese hoax,” was apparently unmoved.

“I believe there is a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways,” Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview that aired on “Good Morning Britain” Wednesday. “Don’t forget, it used to be called global warming; that wasn’t working, then it’s called climate change, and now it’s called extreme weather.”

Trump cited the recent spate of deadly tornadoes in the United States. The president argued that the country has seen extreme weather before.

“Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we’ve ever had,” Trump said. “In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes.”

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It sounds to me like Trump is up on all the nuances of the CAGW hoax. He must read WUWT. 🙂

When Trump says the weather changes “both ways” what he means is the weather gets cold for a while and then the weather gets warm for a while. “Up and down” is another way he has described it. No Hockey Sticks for Trump!

June 6, 2019 5:54 am

Government for hire is back. It’s the new gangs of NY.

Joel O'Bryan
June 6, 2019 7:55 am

Nanny Mayor anti-Big Gulp is also funding multiple US Senate races for Democrats.
In Arizona, he’s putting money behind former-astronaut Mark Kelly’s bid to defeat Senator McSally via PACs that will attack her as Trump supporter.
Most of what is motivating him is his anti-2nd Amendment fervor. Of course the Billionaire travels with armed security wherever he goes in public. Bloomberg is the typical rich elitist who loves to tell others how he wants them to live. And I suppose doesn’t like having to sharing fossil fuel he needs for his private jets with us plebes.

Gunga Din
June 6, 2019 10:09 am

When he was mayor of a US city, NYC, he fought against the 2nd Amendment. He even, as a mayor, sent “agents” to a gun show in another state in an effort to shift the blame for NYC”s high murder rates from NYC’s useless and ineffective gun control laws to … anywhere else but them.
Now he’s focused on the Green Gangrene agenda.
Hmmm …. I wonder if there’s a common goal?

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Gunga Din
June 6, 2019 11:21 am

It isn’t that NYC/NYS gun laws are ineffective per se, it’s that the DA’s office won’t prosecute offenders who use guns in the commission of a crime for the gun offense, which is usually charged separately.

June 6, 2019 11:22 am

Impeachment now!

June 6, 2019 11:57 am

A criminal probe is in order.

June 8, 2019 12:45 pm

Even rich people can be complete morons .
These climate charlatans need to explain how a trace gas represented a fraction of 1% can be manipulated
to control the earth temperature within 1 degree .
You would think it would be impossible to pull a con-job this big off but one look
at today’s media explains a lot .
The climate bed wetter climate industry gets away with it because the media and scientists are bought but they are losing as the predictions of doom enter the nut stage .

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