Keith Ellison, corruption personified

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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.