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Real corruption news:"Major Trump donor helped Pruitt pick EPA science advisers"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 10, 2018 06:17PM
More than 'play for pay', it's outright 'positions for sale'

Major Trump donor helped Pruitt pick EPA science advisers
By EMILY HOLDEN and ANTHONY ADRAGNA
[www.politico.com]
A prominent GOP donor and President Donald Trump supporter helped EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt choose the head of the influential scientific body charged with reviewing EPA's regulations, according to newly released documents.

Doug Deason, a Dallas businessman, submitted a list of names of candidates for Pruitt's Science Advisory Board in August that had been supplied by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, on whose board he serves.

Deason and his father, Darwin Deason, donated over $900,000 in 2016 alone to help elect Trump and other Republican candidates. His influence over the SAB appointments is the latest example of the high-level access that politically powerful conservatives have to the EPA administrator. Deason is known to be a friend of Pruitt's.

Deason and his wife have also been donors to the Koch brothers' network of organizations that raise money for Republicans running for state and national office.

Last year, Pruitt overhauled EPA's advisory boards, banning scientists who received EPA funding and replacing many of them with employees of energy companies and state agencies. The new emails, released under the Freedom of Information Act to the Sierra Club, show that some of those appointments were made at the suggestion of campaign contributors and oil and coal industry officials.

Deason's full list, which EPA did not provide, was drafted by Kathleen Hartnett White, a TPPF fellow whose nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality flopped in the Senate after a poor showing in her confirmation hearing and her lack of scientific credentials. She had drawn fire from environmentalists and Democrats for comments dismissing climate change and downplaying the dangers of pollutants like smog.

Reached via email, Deason acknowledged that he had made the recommendations. And he did not believe Pruitt's job at EPA was in danger, saying he "is out of the woods from what I have been told by contacts in the White House. Time to move on [to the] real story." EPA did not dispute that Deason was involved in the process, but said others put forward nominations too.



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Re: Real corruption news:"Major Trump donor helped Pruitt pick EPA science advisers"
Posted by: steve...
Date: June 10, 2018 08:16PM
Isn't it 45's and Pruitt's goal to dismantle the EPA?

Trump loves asbestos.




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