It seems Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has really taken the conservative mantra that the private sector can do everything better to heart–applying it even to his own job.
Fox put out a press release today to tell us that he has submitted comments on an Environmental Impact Statement for a coal export port in Washington. Members of the press are instructed that Fox’s comments can be downloaded by clicking a link at the end of the release.
But anyone who does so instead gets a letter not from Fox, who was elected to do the job of Montana Attorney General, but from a private law firm by the name of Orrick Law which states it is submitting the comments on Fox’s behalf.
Seems like if Fox thought “his” comments were important enough to merit a press release, the least he (or his hundreds of staff) could have done is write the comments himself.
Or maybe we the taxpayers of Montana could get the greatest bang for our buck by cutting out the middle man and just directly hiring the contract law firm ourselves.
UPDATE: Look like the guy Fox used your money to pay to write this legal opinion arguing against a broad impact analysis of proposed NW coal ports was former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, who took the opposite position when he was running for governor of Washington. His opponent was democrat Jay Inslee, who was for an even more comprehensive analysis. Inslee won.
And attached here is a more comprehensive legal analysis filed as comments for the same project, which actually cites real cases and stuff–and undercuts the analysis Fox and Friends submitted.