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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 08:01 AM

Billionaire GOP donor gave Scott Pruitt $50,000 for legal expenses

Source: Washington Post

Billionaire GOP donor gave Scott Pruitt $50,000 for legal expenses

EPA ethics officials said they were not aware of the contribution, which they said was “believed to be in cash.”

By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin December 6 at 8:23 PM

Scott Pruitt, who resigned this summer as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid a flurry of ethics inquiries, received $50,000 for his legal defense fund from a Wisconsin billionaire, according to a financial disclosure released Thursday.

The contribution came this year from Diane Hendricks, a businesswoman and major Republican donor, though it was not clear precisely when she donated to the “Scott Pruitt Legal Expenses Trust.” It also did not specify whether he had spent the money, or how.

In the financial disclosure form, which Pruitt was required to file upon leaving the agency, EPA officials made clear that he had not sought ethics advice before accepting the donation to offset his legal expenses. The disclosure covers this calendar year, through Pruitt’s resignation in early July.

"EPA ethics officials did not know of this contribution — believed to be in cash — until they received the termination report,” an agency comment noted.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/07/billionaire-gop-donor-gave-scott-pruitt-legal-expenses/

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