President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to face tough questions during the first hours of his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday about allegations he has, essentially, been bought and paid for by the nation’s oil, gas and coal companies.
They are allegations Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has denied – at one point telling an Oklahoma newspaper that his frequent court filings on behalf of energy interests are “actually called representative government in my view of the world.”
Records reviewed by ABC News show Pruitt has repeatedly accepted donations from companies within days of taking official actions that support those companies.
That included having Oklahoma twice join lawsuits against the EPA on behalf of Ohio-based Murray Energy, among the largest privately owned coal companies in the nation. Within a month of each filing, Murray Energy made a donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association, an…