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VA Legislature becomes 1st to vote to bar AG participation in Bloomberg climate scheme

A Big Win For Sanity in Government

Chris Horner has scored a a big win for shutting down Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to hijack democracy.

Chris Horner has scored a a big win for shutting down Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to hijack democracy.

GAO Praises Virginia General Assembly: 1st Legislature
to Strike at Bloomberg Attempt to Capture AG Offices
(Washington, DC) — Today the public interest law firm Government Accountability &
Oversight, P.C. (GAO) congratulated the Virginia General Assembly for becoming the first to
act in response to Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to capture attorneys general offices to pursue his
ideological agenda.
Bloomberg established a “State Impact Center” to hire and place “Special Assistant Attorneys
General” (SAAGs), with the statutory authority of AGs, to promote policies of interest to
Bloomberg. Incredibly, in applying for these privately funded attorneys — and public relations
services promoting his own activism — Virginia AG Mark Herring offered to use his office “to
advance the agenda represented by” the Center.
Thankfully, in a mid-day vote on Sunday adopting the Commonwealth’s budget, the legislature
restricted monies appropriated to the OAG, precluding the arrangement Bloomberg’s Center has
used to place 14 SAAGs in 10 states and the District of Columbia – so far.
The “Virginia OAG insists to the Court, as it has for weeks to media outlets, that it never actually
participated in the Bloomberg-financed SAAG scheme”, said Chris Horner, a Virginia taxpayer
and attorney for GAO in the FOIA suit Horner et al. v Herring. “This claim not only makes no
sense in our case, but indicates OAG can’t get its story straight”, Horner continued. “After
making the extraordinary offer to use the office “to advance the agenda represented by”
Bloomberg’s group, AG Herring even publicly claimed “I’m glad Virginia is participating in its
fellowship program”.
That this vote by the General Assembly was even necessary is itself incredible given that not one
but four provisions of the Virginia Code already prohibit this unprecedented arrangement — as
GAO has argued in ongoing litigation against Herring’s office for documents related to this
Today’s vote is a statement from Virginia’s elected representatives that Bloomberg’s money
can’t buy a donor’s way into Virginia law enforcement. GAO applauds this vote by the Virginia
General Assembly, while wondering, what’s wrong with the rest of these legislatures?