E&E Legal Forced to Sue California Attorney General for Failure to Release Public Records Already Shared with Green Activists Involving Their Inappropriate Lobbying Practices
Sacramento, CA – The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&ELegal) has filed suit under California's Public Records Act (PRA) against the state's Attorney General Xavier Becerraa for withholdingall but one email showing or mentioning its work with partisan and environmentalist activists to use law enforcement in going afteropponents of the "climate" political agenda". Under Kamala Harris, California's OAG had participated in thesince-collapsed "Climate-RICO" cabal organized by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, but kept its involvementoff-screen. The new AG, Becerra, has since suggested that he has indeed been working with activists, correspondence to, from ordiscussing which E&E Legal sought in its PRA request.
Specifically, in July, E&E Legal requested records "concerningthe Office of Attorney General’s work with private outside parties to pursue, as targets of investigation, perceived opponents of apolitical and policy agenda shared by the Attorney General and these outside parties." The complaint specifies the public recordssought, in the form of correspondence that was sent to, or received from, the Attorney General, or members of his Executive Office, andcertain named parties or entities of interest because of their involvement in the AG Climate RICO scandal beginning roughlysix-months prior to the request:
"[C]opies of any email correspondence dated between February 1,2017 and the date you process this request, a) which correspondence was sent from or to (including also as cc: or bcc:) Attorney GeneralBecerra at any address, or members of the Executive Unit of the Attorney General’s Office (including also as cc: or bcc:) and b)which correspondence is also to or from (including also as cc: or bcc:), or which uses or mentions, any of the following individuals,entities, or email domains:
Erin Suhr (an employee of Fahr LLC)
Pawa (including but not limited to mentioning in, e.g.,email@example.com)
Frumhoff (including but not limited to mentioning in, e.g.,PFrumhoff@ucsusa.org)
Any email address that includes @fahrllc.com"
The OAG initially delayed its response, and then produced only asingle document with little relevance to what E&E Legal sought. OAG withheld all other potentially responsive records claiming therecords were 'privileged.' On the basis of E&E Legal's experience with other "Climate-RICO" AGs, as well asinformation and belief, E&E asserts this is likely baseless given the request encompasses documents shared with outside parties, andwork with private, third-party political activists. No such privileges should apply to these records, unless AG Becerra willclaim, as has NY's Schneiderman however implausibly, that he has 'deputized' partisan activists, donors and environmental pressuregroups.
"As a California citizen and independent journalist, I haveseen this act many times with the state government and their chosen third-party groups," said investigative journalist Katy Grimes,an E&E Legal Senior Media fellow and co-petitioner on the suit. "We ask the Court to confirm that the blindfold on Lady Justicereflects how our laws are to be applied equally to all citizens and groups, and not a tool for lobbying by those that elected officialsdeem sufficiently politically-correct."
In addition to California, E&E Legal is embroiled in similarlawsuits in New York and Vermont, home of the two co-ringleaders of the AG Climate-RICO scheme. The effort entailed a gathering ofnearly twenty state-attorneys general, who were joined at their public announcement by climate "investor" Al Gore, vowingto use every legal tool at their disposal to shut down dissent on the 'climate change' issue and to seek a tobacco-style global settlementfrom ExxonMobil and other fossil-fuel companies. E&E Legal's public record requests and subsequent litigation in Vermont and NewYork, and other states, exposed this scandal, leading to most of the attorneys general to flee from the climate crusade.
"Once again we find ourselves having to litigate a routinepublic records request with a state's attorney general," said E&E Legal President Craig Richardson. "Apparently whenthese attorney generals are required to follow the same laws they are elected to enforce, they hide behind legal smokescreens andstonewalls."
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