California taxpayers may be in for a bit of sticker shock.
The state has reportedly contracted with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with plans to pay out $25,000 a month for 40 hours of his time, Fox News reported.
Gearing up for what the state believes will be years of potential battles with President Donald Trump’s administration, the California Legislature hired Holder and his Washington, D.C., firm, Covington & Burling, last month.
Holder will assist the state with strategies to combat legal challenges over policies from immigration to the environment, according to a contract obtained by conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch. The group got Holder’s contract through a records request and criticized the deal as “crony corruption pure and simple.”
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— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) February 8, 2017
“The new records show California state legislators are wasting tax dollars to bankroll another corrupt politician – Eric Holder – under the pretense of attacking the Trump administration,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a written statement, according to Fox.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 7, 2017
Though Holder was visible at the state capital Tuesday, and had a closed-door meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown, the former Obama administration official was not forthcoming with details on his new role.
“I’m here just to assist these gentlemen and the people who they serve with in trying to protect the interests of the people of California,” he told reporters, according to Fox.
Not all California lawmakers were happy with the hiring of Holder, however.
Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley argued in a letter to the opinion unit of the state attorney general’s office that the three-month contract with Holder is illegal. Hiring Holder as outside counsel violates Article VII of the California Constitution, Kiley maintained.
But representatives for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León disagreed. Rules that would apply to an executive agency, the Democrats contended, do not apply to the legislature.
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