FACT Initiates Investigation into Attorneys General United for Clean Power Coalition
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Today, FACT filed records requests with the offices of 17 attorneys general seeking all documents and communications related to the activities of the Attorneys General United for Clean Power Coalition, which was formed to target those who disagree with their climate change agenda.
FACT's probe comes just days after U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, a leader in the Coalition, withdrew a subpoena against one of the groups, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), and was heavily criticized for abusing his power and violating the Constitutional rights of those targeted.
In March of this year, Walker issued a subpoena demanding copies of all communications between the oil company Exxon Mobil and over 100 universities, researchers, and public policy organizations. FACT believes this effort is simply elected officials abusing their power to conduct a large, coordinated witch hunt intended to criminalize and silence opposing viewpoints. This effort to chill free speech is not allowed under our Constitution and should not be tolerated.
“Our legal system was not designed to be used as a tool to persecute, intimidate and silence individuals and groups just because they hold certain viewpoints,” said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director of the FACT. “This unlawful effort is a blatant, Orwellian attack on the First Amendment’s right to free speech and we are going to expose their unconstitutional and unethical actions.”
Read FACT's New York records request here.