Corruption

Report: Scott Pruitt Literally In Bed With Energy Lobbyists

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has always conducted himself as if he is a lobbyist, and he believes its his duty to relieve the industry from regulation, but it looks like he is literally in bed with lobbyists.

He's not having an affair (as far as we know), but he is living in a townhouse owned by lobbyists.

Neither the EPA nor the lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, would say how much Pruitt paid to live at the prime Capitol Hill address, though Hart said he believed it to be the market rate. The price tag on Pruitt’s rental arrangement is one key question when determining if it constitutes an improper gift, ethics experts told ABC News. [...]

Hart confirmed to ABC News in a brief interview that Pruitt had lived in the flat, which is owned by a limited liability company that links to an address listed to Hart and his wife Vicki Hart, a lobbyist with expertise in the healthcare arena. Steven Hart said Vicki Hart co-owns the condo. He said his wife was not the majority owner, but would not identify her partners.

Hart's firm spent at least $16 million on lobbying on “issues related to the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), approval of LNG exports and export facilities" in 2017 according to records reviewed by ABC News.

Even if Pruitt is paying a market rate to rent the property (this is an open question), this stinks to high heaven.