I hope major media ask Wisconsin GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen first thing Sunday or Monday if he's among state Attorneys General whom The New York Times is reporting are directed and coordinated secretly by energy firms and lobbyists to confront the US Environmental Protection Agency over pollution regulation:
Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.
They share a common philosophy about the reach of the federal government, but the companies also have billions of dollars at stake. And the collaboration is likely to grow:
For the first time in modern American history, Republicans in January will control a majority — 27 — of attorneys general’s offices.Note also that incoming Republican Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel has already turned the management of his office over to a lobbyist with big-energy clients, and has said his first order of business after being sworn in will be suing the EPA to roll back new clean air rules.