When you elect a thug he brings along more thugs – and pimps – to government

Joe Craft behind Pruitt’s right shoulder – enjoying the results of his payola

❝ It was one of the biggest games of the University of Kentucky basketball season, and Scott Pruitt had scored two of the best seats in the arena: a few feet from the action, in a section reserved for season-ticket holders who had donated at least $1 million to the university…

But there was more to the game last December than a superfan experience for Mr. Pruitt and his son, who joined him. They sat in seats belonging to Joseph W. Craft III, a billionaire coal executive who has engaged in an aggressive campaign to reverse the Obama administration’s environmental crackdown on the coal industry. Mr. Craft and his wife donated more than $2 million to support President Trump’s candidacy and inauguration.

A major contributor to Mr. Pruitt’s campaigns in Oklahoma when Mr. Pruitt served in state government, Mr. Craft saw Mr. Pruitt at least seven times during his first 14 months at the E.P.A., agency records and emails show, and they were scheduled to appear together on at least two other occasions. That is more than Mr. Pruitt has met with representatives of any environmental group.

RTFA for more of this corrupt pay-for-play relationship. Not a surprise – though how much more has been hidden will be up honest folk in government to uncover. Presuming there are any remaining after Trump’s spell in the White House.

8 thoughts on “When you elect a thug he brings along more thugs – and pimps – to government

  1. Martyn Wilson says:

    Worth noting that the guy behind Pruitt’s left shoulder has a respiratory problem. Not, in any way, the result of polluted air.

  2. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    “Scott Pruitt Sought ‘Business Opportunity’ With Chick-fil-A While Leading E.P.A.” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/climate/pruitt-epa-chick-fil-a.html
    “Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up Pruitt’s climate claims : EPA will have to comply with an information request by July.” (Ars Technica)nhttps://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/judge-orders-epa-to-disclose-any-science-backing-up-pruitts-climate-claims/
    “EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man” (LA Times) http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-hatchet-pruitt-20170702-story.html
    “‘On Fire For God’s Work’: How Scott Pruitt’s Faith Drives His Politics” (NPR) https://www.npr.org/2018/05/01/607181437/on-fire-for-gods-work-how-scott-pruitts-faith-drives-his-politics See also EPA Deregulatory Actions https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/epa-deregulatory-actions

  3. Nattering Nabob of Negativism® says:

    💩 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is currently the subject of 16 federal investigations https://medium.com/@CAPAction/a-guide-to-the-sixteen-federal-investigations-faced-by-epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-1e42c3ddbd34
    💩 “No Wonder Scott Pruitt Wanted a Chick-fil-A Franchise: They’re Both On Missions From God” https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/06/no-wonder-scott-pruitt-wanted-a-chick-fil-a-franchise-theyre-both-on-missions-from-god/
    💩 “I love, she loves, we love [Chick-fil-A], Chick-fil-A is a franchise of faith, and it’s one of the best in the country. And so that’s something we were very excited about … We need more of them across the country.” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (June 5th, 2018)
    💩 Office of Government Ethics § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain. (c)Endorsements. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/5/2635.702
    💩 Elaina Plott, a writer for The Atlantic magazine, reported Wednesday that a top aide for the EPA had resigned, and that EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox snapped at her when she reached out to him for comment. “You have a great day, you’re a piece of trash,” Wilcox was quoted as telling Plott. Late last month, the federal agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from attending a national summit where Pruitt was speaking. At that event, the Associated Press said one of its reporters, who was denied entry, was grabbed by security guards and forcibly shoved out of the building after asking to speak to a public affairs person. http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/06/media/epa-spokesperson-reporter-piece-of-trash/index.html
    💩 Reportedly ‘the White House’ has asked Scott Pruitt to stop dropping in to eat at the White House mess, an exclusive U.S. Navy-run restaurant open only to White House officials, Cabinet members and other dignitaries. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/06/pruitt-white-house-lunch-603350 Records obtained through a Sierra Club Freedom of Information Act request also show Pruitt often sought to bring friends from Oklahoma along. https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000163-d7fd-d9f5-a5eb-dffd4c160001

    • Cripes says:

      Pruitt had members of his 24/7 security detail run errands for him — including a quest for his favorite lotion from the Ritz-Carlton, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-scott-pruitt-security-detail-errands-20180607-story.html “This spicy citrus scent almost smells like money and is synonymous with the luxury brand The Ritz-Carlton,” according to the travel website Travel Pulse http://www.businessinsider.com/ritz-carlton-lotion-epa-scott-pruitt-2018-6
      Meanwhile: The Environmental Protection Agency will not consider the health risks and impacts of asbestos already in the environment when evaluating the dangers associated with the chemical compound, Scott Pruitt, the agency’s head, quietly announced last week. That means asbestos used in tiles, piping and adhesives throughout homes and businesses in the United States will remain largely unchecked and unaccounted for. Nearly 15,000 Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases, but President Donald Trump has called the substance “100 percent safe, once applied.” http://www.newsweek.com/pruitt-trump-asbestos-chemicals-trump-962703

      • 4theRecord says:

        Scott Pruitt during his Senate hearing Jan 18, 2017:
        Sen. Markey (D-MA): Asbestos is banned in 55 countries across the globe and the World Health Organization says, quote, “all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans”. More than 30 Americans die each day from diseases like asbestosis and cancer caused by asbestos . . . Do you agree with Mr. Trump that asbestos is 100 percent safe once applied or that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob? [in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback Trump wrote: “that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal.”]
        Mr. Pruitt: Asbestos has been identified by the EPA as a high-priority chemical that requires a risk evaluation following the process established by the Lautenberg Act to determine whether conditions of use of the chemical substance pose an unreasonable risk. Prejudging the outcome of that risk evaluation process would not be appropriate.
        The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed by the 114th United States Congress and signed into law by US President Barack Obama in 2016. It superseded the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976 and “grandfathered” in thousands of chemicals that were in use at the time without any provision for evaluating their safety. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_R._Lautenberg_Chemical_Safety_for_the_21st_Century_Act

  4. Collect call says:

    It turns out former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt only made one, five-minute phone call to the White House from the safety of his $43,000 phone booth (which he claimed was “necessary for me to be able to do my job”) according to a new report from the Washington Post. The existence of this call, which happened on January 29, came to light as part of a Sierra Club lawsuit. An EPA spokesperson declined to tell the Post what the call was about.” https://theslot.jezebel.com/congratulations-to-scott-pruitt-on-his-43-000-phone-ca-1828487928

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