As you might know, the Attorney Generals’ in Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit last week against the state of Colorado for legalizing recreational marijuana. The lawsuit claims Amendment 64 is a ‘dangerous law’ that violates the Controlled Substances act of 1970. Since the announcement, the MPP, NCIA and other professional cannabis organizations have called the lawsuit “meritless” and “on the wrong side of history.”
While I couldn’t agree more, I still wondered – exactly who are these two attorney generals leading this crusade against marijuana? I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exceedingly familiar with either of these elected officials, nor each states’ politics. I only knew of both having a reputation of being on the red side of the political line. With that in mind, I went digging for some more information about these gents. The following facts are probably unknown to those living outside of the respective states.
Jon Bruning – NE
Nebraska’s Attorney General has accepted over $86,000 from the alcohol industry in last 4 years.
He does not tolerate people on welfare. In 2011 Bruning was quoted as saying, “The raccoons figured out the beetles are in the bucket… “And it’s like grapes in a jar. The raccoons, they’re not stupid, they’re gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them.” referring to welfare recipients.
As the main legal adviser for the Nebraska state government, he lost $725,000 of state money (10% of the AG annual budget) in a controversial patent lawsuit.
Bruning made the decision to waive Nelnet’s settlement lawsuit, later revealing that multiple people from Nelnet had donated to his campaign.
Nebraska is one of two states without a prescription monitoring program. This fact is not specific to Mr. Bruning but, it is still relevant information.
Alcohol, big agriculture and a thriving prescription black market combine to form a deadly triple-threat.
Scott Pruitt – OK
Recent NY Times piece revealed Pruitt’s extreme backdoor dealings with the energy industry.
Pruitt has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency multiple times, citing “a war on fossil fuels” as the reason.
As the main legal adviser for the state of Oklahoma, he has accepted campaign contributions from the following companies: Advance Cash America, American Cash Express, Phillip Morris, Koch Industries, Exxonmobil, and many other corporations with less-than-upstanding reputations.
Thanks to the fine folks at FollowTheMoney.org for sourcing all this data and making it really easy to create this logo montage of companies that have donated to one or both of the gents in question.