Jul. 16, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) and seven House Republicans have sent a letter (excerpted below) to Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) requesting that the House Oversight Committee investigate the alleged state agency installation of activist lawyers being funded by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg through New York University’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center.

“It is reported that ‘Under terms of the arrangement, the ‘fellows’ (attorneys) work solely to advance progressive environmental policy,’ and ‘the fellowships come with specific strings attached.’ ‘AG offices must agree to use prosecutors to ‘advance progressive clean energy, climate change and environmental legal positions.’

“One report indicates ‘this is a partisan political operation cloaked in secrecy to prevent the public from being aware of a concerted effort to affect policy by imbedding activists within the top law offices of the states.’

“During this year’s state budget hearings the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office had been questioned about this program and the answers were vague and the indications lead members to believe these attorneys may possibly be housed within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).”

The House Republicans’ letter also expressed concern over “the legal and ethical implications of an activist organization being housed within official state agencies for the purpose of driving a partisan political issue which would have financial effects on the people of the Commonwealth and government operations.”

In addition to Dush, Reps. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Mike Jones (R-York), Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland), Kate Klunk (R-York), Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks), Brett Miller (R-Lancaster) and Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) were signatories on the letter.

The entire letter with reference links can be viewed here.

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Representative Cris Dush
66th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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