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Jun 28, 2018

Weekly Primer: With The Trump Administration, It Helps To Have Friends In High Places

Mick Mulvaney’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cut in half a fine against Security Finance, a payday lender and former donor to Mulvaney’s congressional campaign. Randy Foutch, the CEO of a Tulsa-based petroleum firm, emailed extensively with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s staff about establishing a University of Texas-based effort to play up uncertainty in climate change research. Foutch also sits on the board of UT’s industry-friendly Energy Institute. The Interior Department has agreed to settle an Obama-era lawsuit against Farrell-Cooper Mining Co., which Oklahoma landowners allege destroyed their property with abandoned mines. “The involvement of a number of [Interior Department] political appointees, including many not in the department’s legal shop, in a long-standing, fairly low-profile legal dispute with a company is unusual,” Laura Peterson of the watchdog Project on Government Oversight wrote, citing unnamed former DOI officials. It helps to have friends in high places. Ask the tax-sheltered residents of Beverly Hills whose lawyer could soon lead the IRS; or the former corporate…

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