People that thought that Keith Ellison wouldn’t drag his corruption into the Minnesota AG’s Office should’ve gotten their heads examined. This article highlights how Keith Ellison hasn’t hesitated in hooking up with ultra-rich progressive special interests.

In this instance, Michael Bloomberg has loaned staff to help Keith Ellison push Bloomberg’s green agenda. Why wouldn’t he? He knows that Ellison will hide Bloomberg’s employees, even if that requires subterfuge. First, the article states that “It came to light last year that a handful of rich left-wing donors led by Michael Bloomberg have collaborated with New York University Law School to recruit, place and pay for lawyers in attorney generals’ offices around the United States. These lawyers, compensated outside the executive structure of state government, are embedded in state governments to pursue lawsuits that fit Bloomberg’s liberal agenda.”

From there, the plot thickens:

A group called Energy Policy Advocates requested documents relating to this scheme from the office of Minnesota’s Attorney General, Keith Ellison. EPA’s requests were made pursuant to Minnesota’s broad Government Data Practices Act. The requests were narrowly tailored to ask for documents relating to 1) correspondence between the AG’s office and a plaintiffs’ law firm, and 2) correspondence between the AG’s Office and a specific individual in another state who was recruiting attorneys general to join Bloomberg’s scheme. The Minnesota Attorney General replied that there are no such documents, or, if there are, they are privileged and will not be produced.

Here’s where things get interesting:

Several news outlets have reported on the lawsuit. The Star Tribune’s story is here. The Strib’s story, mediocre at best, is most notable because it flushes out Keith Ellison’s admission that Minnesota is indeed participating in the Bloomberg scam. Ellison didn’t have much choice: there is a Linked In page by a lawyer who wrote:

I am off on a new adventure as a Fellow with the NYU School of Law’s State Impact Center. I will be embedded with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as an Environmental Litigator and Special Assistant Attorney General.

That’s certainly evidence. I wonder how Ellison will try weaseling his way out of that.

In some states, privately funded and agenda-driven “special assistant attorneys general” might only be unethical. Here in Minnesota, they are quite clearly illegal under Minn. Stat. Sec. 8.06, which says:

Except as herein stated, no additional counsel shall be employed and the legal business of the state shall be performed exclusively by the attorney general and the attorney general’s assistants.

In other words, what Ellison is allegedly doing is illegal in Minnesota. Unfortunately, that isn’t surprising. It isn’t surprising because Ellison has praised cop-killers like Assata Shakur. He’s just a low-life.

4 Responses to “Keith Ellison, corruption personified”

  • eric z says:

    Why not analyze the privilege question? It gets mentioned, but then the bellowing is a claim of “corruption.” Really now. Just think how lucky we are. It could have been Doug Wardlow.

  • Gary Gross says:

    I would’ve much preferred Wardlow. Wardlow is a Christian, just like I am. He thinks that the OAG should be used for law enforcement, not for harassing President Trump or illegally pursuing Michael Bloomberg’s political agenda through the courts.

    Frankly, I’d love throwing Bloomberg’s agenda into the trash. That’s where it belongs. His agenda includes demolishing the Second Amendment. He’s pursuing all of the wrong solutions. Guns aren’t the problem. People are.

  • eric z says:

    You can dump this comment in moderation, but you only linked to alpha, not strib; the “here” was unlinked. If you’d post that Strib link in a comment it would help.

  • eric z says:

    Hindrocket’s alpha item linked to the Strib coverage, and Strib linked to the two statutory sections at issue; i.e., it was informative reporting vs editorial opining. M.S 8.06 by its very terms is limited to when some other branch of government wants AG action on its behalf; and how the state funds of the other agency and the AG are to be managed. It is an intergovernmental billing provision. It has nothing to do with an outside compensated attorney being used for action the AG in his discretion deems necessary or helpful to promoting the public interest. Nowhere is there any hint of Ellison deferring one iota of his discretionary control of his office. THINK. Remember the tobacco litigation, a health provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Cerisi firm, and Skip Humphrey got millions into state coffers by hammering the bad guys into a thin layer of slime. And good for them! These frivolous litigants are mere outside agitators. They are wasting state money by Ellison having to address the meritless lawsuit. It will be dismissed, privilege will prevail, and these coal industry clowns will have to pay defense attorneys fees. How it will be.

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