[Ed. – As the report says, this is probably illegal in at least some of the states, and certainly unethical in all of them. To be clear: this was not the states paying contract lawyers. It was an outside party paying the lawyers, and the state letting them use its resources and privileges to bring lawsuits.]
Outside sources paid for new attorneys in the office of numerous attorney general offices around the country in order to gin up climate and environmental litigation for political purposes, according to a new report by a D.C.-based think tank.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a self-described free-market think tank, published the 56-page report, bolstering their claims with emails and documents from dozens of open records requests to AG offices and universities across the country over a two-and-a-half year period. Many of those requests had to be litigated to win release of the documents. …
Per the report, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spearheaded the initiative by creating a specialized law unit within the New York University School of Law that would groom attorneys who could then be distributed nationally to do climate work for the state attorneys general, who are sometimes collectively or generically referred to as “Offices of the Attorneys General” (OAG).