Pruitt's lawyer sought billionaire's help for fund
According to the Office of Government Ethics template for such funds, legal defense fund beneficiaries — in this case, Pruitt — cannot solicit donations. But trustees, like Mitchell, are allowed to do so. "That is why we have the trustee soliciting contributions. We don't want the EPA administrator going around, knocking on doors, asking for money to his legal defense fund," said Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. "The possibility for corruption is high when you have a powerful government official seeking contributions for their legal defense fund."
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