Accountable.US launched the new campaign to identify some of the worst offenders across the country who are actively preventing progress on key issues impacting Americans
From sitting in the coal industry’s pocket to threatening public health during the COVID-19 crisis, Morrisey has been identified as one of Accountable.US’ top Enemies of Progress
View Morrisey’s top offenses at www.EnemiesofProgress.org
Washington, D.C. — Today, government watchdog Accountable.US announced that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been identified as an enemy of progress due to his opposition to key issues like addressing climate change and making health care accessible for all. The group launched a new campaign, “Enemies of Progress,” outlining the potential threats that Morrisey and other Republican attorneys general around the country pose to advancements that support all Americans. Accountable.US also released its first report highlighting how Morrisey and others are using their positions as top law enforcement officials to defend their campaign donors, not their constituents.
“Instead of fighting for their best interests, Attorney General Morrisey is spending West Virginians’ taxpayer dollars on frivolous lawsuits against the Biden administration on behalf of his special interest donors,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Time and again, Morrisey has put the interests of his wealthy corporate donors ahead of West Virginians’ health and well-being. As the Biden administration works to deliver real support to families across the nation, it’s no surprise that Morrisey is yet again showing where his true priorities lie: with corporate executives and their wallets.”
This new campaign exposes some of the worst offenders who have proven to be working towards one goal in their capacity as their state’s top law enforcement official: to slow down or prevent progress on some of the country’s toughest issues. Morrisey is joined by another 12 “Enemies of Progress” including the attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. In the coming days, the effort will be amplified with paid ads in key states, including on social media and traditional media websites.
“Poll after poll shows the public supports the Biden agenda, and any obstructionist who would abuse their power to protect profits of greedy special interests is an enemy of progress,” added Herrig.
Here’s more on how Attorney General Morrisey was selected as a top “Enemy of Progress”:
- Lobbied For Opioid Manufacturers And Then, As Attorney General, Misled The Public About His Involvement In A State Investigation Involving His Former Clients: Morrisey used to lobby for opioid manufacturers and others in the pharmaceutical industry. Less than two years later, he was elected attorney general and West Virginia was pursuing legal action against his former clients for fueling and profiting off of the opioid crisis. Morrisey claimed for months he was not involved in the case, but public reporting showed he met with senior representatives from the pharmaceutical company—forcing Morrisey to formally recuse himself following public pressure.
- Did the Coal Industry’s Bidding After He Was Courted by a Coal Lobbyist: AG Morrisey was courted by a coal lobbyist to push legislation against the Obama’s Administration’s environmental agenda. A year later, Morrisey led multiple coalitions states in petitioning and suing the Obama Administration over its clean power plan.
- Jeopardized The Health Of His Constituents In The Middle Of A Pandemic: In the middle of deadly pandemic and as spikes in COVID-19 cases broke daily records, Morrisey pursued a lawsuit aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, which would take away health care from 21 million Americans, including at least 162,000 West Virginians.
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