Dem Lawmakers Ask Trump’s EPA Pick To Disclose Ties To Koch Brothers

Scott Pruitt

Senate Democrats want President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to disclose his relationship to the fossil fuel industry and to a fund tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

Six Democrats on the Senate’s environmental panel sent a letter Wednesday to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asking him to list his connections to the Kochs, and various energy companies. They believe the list will help lawmakers determine whether the Republican’s ties will conflict with his EPA responsibilities.

“What that conduct says about your ability to lead EPA in a manner that is not beholden to special or secret interests is a subject that we expect will receive a full airing during your confirmation hearing,” the senators wrote in the letter.

The group claimed Pruitt’s involvement with the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a group they believe supports the interests of the Koch brothers, could lead to a wage of conflict of interests. The Kochs are ardent opponents of some of the EPA’s most strident regulations.

Republican analysts, meanwhile, believe the letter is a shakedown, and an effort by green energy advocates to extract some flesh from a Trump nominee.

“This is a partisan fishing expedition by six liberal Democrats who combined have taken more than $1.2 million from far-left environmentalist groups dead-set against any reforms to an out of control EPA,” Jeremy Adler, communications director for American Rising Squared, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The group, which is led by Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, has taken more than $1 million collectively from environmentalist groups such as NextGen Climate Action, League of Conservation Voters, The Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council, among others.

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, for his part, has raked in nearly a half-a-million dollars in donations from various green groups, according to Opensecrets.org. Whitehouse and Sanders have pulled in $180,000 and $246,626, respectively, from various green groups.

Whitehouse and Markey, for their part, also signed their names to a report written by an attorney from environmentalist group EarthJustice alleging that EPA’s critics are in cahoots with the fossil fuel industry.

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    Judy Cross

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    Is there no silliness they will not stoop to. It’s why they lost!

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      JayPee

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      There is no despicable act beyond their compass of exploitation.
      No unethical, illegal, morally reprehensible, nor cheap SCHEISTER trick is too low for them to stoop to.

      This is the definition of the Democrat party.

      I call upon everyone to notice and follow their actions and obvious motives in the upcoming months.

      They will live up to the despicable negativity and illegal, immoral, and ethically reprehensible of what I have just said.

      Welcome to the American Communist Party

      who call themselves DEMOCRATS !

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