This week the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office released its “NYU Law Fellow Application”. As CLW readers know, these applications were in fact responses to a request for proposals, by a group created by billionaire party donor and climate activist Michael Bloomberg to place privately hired activist attorneys as “Special Assistant Attorneys General”.
These “SAAGs” are engaged in litigation opposing Trump administration reforms, but also investigations of private parties, similar to those investigations requested by the tort bar in its famous call for “a single sympathetic attorney general” to begin subpoenaing private party records and thereby give the plaintiffs’ campaign a boost.
This application is the same document released so far by other attorneys general who also submitted applications to the same donor for their own special-interest SAAGs (District of Columbia, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington), also without claiming privilege and without redactions.
It is the same document that Maryland AG Brian Frosh has forced the public to file suit to obtain, even asking the court to only review his promises made to Bloomberg’s group, under seal.
Bloomberg picked Frosh out of a crowded Democratic primary in 2013 and has had a very good friend since. Frosh was even Bloomberg’s initial chief recruiter for OAGs to take on privately hired attorneys as “Special Assistant Attorneys General” (SAAGs) for climate.
Frosh is the only AG to have not one but three Bloomberg-funded “Special Prosecutors”.
The question remains what promises Frosh made to Bloomberg’s group that he is hiding, that no other AG dared to claim must be shielded from public view.
CT OAG NYU Application (PDF)