Friday, December 19, 2008

Another Clinton Retread Joins Obama Administration

Browner also has an ethical cloud hanging over her head from her previous job in the Clinton Administration. On her last day in office, she oversaw the destruction of agency computer files in violation of a federal judge’s order to preserve its records. The Landmark Legal Foundation had been pressing Browner to disclose any special interest groups that may have influenced her last-minute regulatory actions at the EPA. Her solution to the problem was to delete files.

After two years, the federal judge held the EPA in contempt of court, but Browner avoided any punishment.

In her first term in the EPA, Browner was caught using taxpayer funds to send out illegal lobbying material to more than 100 grassroots groups.

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