Tbf to Scott, though, right now the EPA is much more a Scott Pruitt protection agency, than an environmental protection agency, so maybe the swag should reflect that.
The letter says that while Mr. Pruitt was living last year in a Capitol Hill condominium rented from the wife of an energy lobbyist, complaints came in to the E.P.A. from the lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, that "you had never paid any rent to him, and that your daughter damaged his hardwood floors by repeatedly rolling her luggage across the unit when she was staying there."Mr. Chmielewski also provided details about how Mr. Pruitt had assigned one of his aides, Millan Hupp, to "act as your personal real estate representative, spending weeks improperly using federal government resources and time to contact rental and seller's agents, and touring numerous properties in which you might wish to reside."The letter also corroborates details previously reported by The New York Times, including that Mr. Pruitt and others at the agency retaliated against staff members, including Mr. Chmielewski, when they objected to the spending requests.Mr. Chmielewski, for example, refused to approve first-class travel for one of Mr. Pruitt's aides for a trip Mr. Pruitt took to Morocco last year, saying the cost violated federal rules. After that, he was told by Mr. Pruitt's chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, that he was going to be fired or reassigned.
I think a bunch of trump's people came in actually believing the dumb conservative narratives about DC and the federal government being all pampered and decadent, and they assumed servants would wait on them and bureaucrats would throw money at them when they arrived. hence all these bizarre stories about cabinet members being wasteful with public resources and acting entitled.
Quote from: el jefe on April 13, 2018, 06:36:53 AMI think a bunch of trump's people came in actually believing the dumb conservative narratives about DC and the federal government being all pampered and decadent, and they assumed servants would wait on them and bureaucrats would throw money at them when they arrived. hence all these bizarre stories about cabinet members being wasteful with public resources and acting entitled.it's always projection with these shitheads on every levelObama and co. must be a bunch of corrupt grifters because, hey, that's what they'd do if they were in powerit also fits well with their authoritarian hierarchy views of the world. others don't deserve this opulence, but it's only natural that they do
A review of real estate and other public records shows that Mr. Pruitt was not the sole owner: The property was held by a shell company registered to a business partner and law school friend, Kenneth Wagner. Mr. Wagner now holds a top political job at the Environmental Protection Agency, where Mr. Pruitt, 49, is the administrator.The mortgage on the Oklahoma City home, the records show, was issued by a local bank that was led by another business associate of Mr. Pruitt's, Albert Kelly. Recently barred from working in the finance industry because of a banking violation, Mr. Kelly is now one of Mr. Pruitt's top aides at the E.P.A. and runs the agency's Superfund program.
In 2005, the shell company -- Capitol House L.L.C. -- sold the property for $95,000 more than it had paid. While shell companies are legal, they often obscure the people who have an interest in them, and none of Mr. Pruitt's financial disclosure filings in Oklahoma mentioned the company or the proceeds -- a potential violation of the state's ethics rules.
MARRAKESH, Morocco -- A controversial trip to Morocco by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last December was partly arranged by a longtime friend and lobbyist, who accompanied Pruitt and his entourage at multiple stops and served as an informal liaison at both official and social events during the visit.Richard Smotkin, a former Comcast lobbyist who has known the EPA administrator for years, worked for months with Pruitt's aides to hammer out logistics, according to four individuals familiar with those preparations. In April, Smotkin won a $40,000-a-month contract, retroactive to Jan. 1, with the Moroccan government to promote the kingdom's cultural and economic interests. He recently registered as a foreign agent representing that government.Information obtained by The Washington Post shows the visit's cost exceeded $100,000, more than twice what has been previously reported -- including $16,217 for Pruitt's Delta Air Lines fare and $494 for him to spend one night at a luxury hotel in Paris. He was accompanied by eight staffers and his round-the-clock security detail.