DOJ, EPA conspire to force companies to donate $880 million to radical environmental groups
In just the last two years over $880 million has been extorted by this scheme.
It worked like this: When the EPA or DOJ found a company that had broken one of the zillions of laws or rules on businesses, the agencies would offer to settle by having the company pay a fine of some specified amount. Virtually all companies took the deal. But then the details of the settlement--drafted by the federal agencies--would include huge payments to "third parties"--not to the government or to people allegedly injured by the rule-breaking or lawbreaking acts, but to environmental groups.
The agencies would also quietly encourage their allies in enviro and political groups to file lawsuits against 'deep-pocket' companies, which would trigger more payments to the groups from the settlements written by the government agency.
The corruption and abuse of power uncovered by a congressional investigation is appalling:
A year-long Committee investigation [by congress] has revealed that the DOJ is pushing and even requiring settling defendants to donate money to non-victim third-parties.
Donations can earn up to double credit against defendants’ overall payment obligations, while credit for direct relief to consumers is merely dollar-for-dollar. Moreover, documents show that groups that stood to gain from these mandatory donations lobbied DOJ to include them in settlements.
DOJ has funneled third-party groups as much as $880 million dollars in just the last 2 years. These payments occur entirely outside of the Congressional appropriations and grant oversight process. In some cases, DOJ-mandated donations restore funding that Congress specifically cut.If swamps are to be drained, this is an excellent place to start.