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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pruitt’s $43,000 ‘Phone Booth’ Broke Federal Law

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The madness of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s runaway spending has now reached a new, law-breaking level.

Pruitt’s demand that his office be fitted with a $43,000 “secure phone booth,” even though the EPA headquarters already had two such booths, violated federal spending laws, as detailed in a new government  report.

“According to the Government Accountability Office, the EPA did not comply with the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act by spending more than $5,000 on the phone booth without notifying Congress,” ABC News reports. “By failing to provide such advance notice, EPA violated section 710 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.”

Pruitt previously told a congressional committee that he needed to secure booth so he could call the White House.…

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Fired EPA Staffer Reveals Fresh Pruitt Outrages

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt gave his staff a set of simple instructions when he had an urge to travel: “Find me something to do.”

Needing at least some sort of justification, Pruitt told his staffers to go hunting for excuses so he could write his personal trips off as official, government-related excursions.

Pruitt’s trips included spending taxpayer dollars to repeatedly fly home to Oklahoma on the weekends, as well as visit other destinations, last year. Pruitt also regularly demanded that his flights be booked on Delta airlines — even when the federal government didn’t have a government carrier contract with Delta — because Pruitt wanted to bank as many frequent flyer miles as possible.…

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Pruitt’s Worst Scandal Is Environmental Destruction

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By John J. O’Grady / Independent Media Institute

Scott Pruitt’s ethical woes at EPA, while alarming, should not divert Americans attention from the profound harm he is causing. Moral charges against Trump’s EPA chief obscure real crimes against the American people: Trump’s betrayal by obfuscating EPA’s statutory principles to protect human health and our natural resources.

Brazenly, Pruitt endures at EPA because his ruthless deregulation agenda genuflects to the fossil fuel industry and permits big polluters to run amok. Behind the scenes, however, he and zealous lieutenants have taken critical steps to what Stephen Bannon, former White House chief strategist, called deconstruct the administrative state.…

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