I am the new president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute – also known as the feistiest think tank in D.C. – and the newest contributor for Human Events. My hope for my column is that it provides some insight into Washington from someone who has worked in the liberty movement for more than 20 years and can put that feistiness to pen and paper.
It won’t always be a shill piece for CEI’s work, , but it is coincidental that one issue we’ve worked on quite a bit may finally be attracting the attention it deserves.
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was back in the news this week. She hired an attorney. That is insignificant, you say, since countless of “ex” public officials have been known to, ahem, rely on counsel to remedy the reasons leading up to their “ex-ness” in the first place. What is telling is the timing of this decision. CEI forced the EPA to produce emails, some of which indicate Jackson told a lobbyist from Siemens to use her home email for future contacts. This suggests a clear intent to violate the law and operate in secret, and Congress is finally awakening and seriously seeking answers.
Chris Horner, CEI senior fellow, author of The Liberal War On Transparency and our resident expert on the Freedom of Information Act, said she won’t be the last.
“The D.C. legal bar should be kept quite busy by Obama administration employees,” he said recently. “They have promiscuously used private email accounts for official correspondence and then did not turn over this correspondence in response to FOIA or congressional oversight requests.”
Read More at Human Events . By Lawson Bader.