Regarding state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Jan. 5 letter to the editor (“Attorney general’s lawsuits are not funded by taxpayers”), does Mr. Ferguson honestly believe that the funds used to pay (time, research, salaries, etc…) for his many lawsuits are not taxpayer money?
I believe Mr. Ferguson was elected attorney general to protect the interests of the citizens of Washington state. I also believe any settlements that are won in lawsuits brought by Mr. Ferguson in his capacity as Washington state’s attorney general, should belong to the citizens of the state. As is true with most politicians, Mr. Ferguson has lost touch with reality when it concerns money and how it should be spent by the government to help its citizenry.
Mr. Ferguson stated: “In fact, these legal teams are funded entirely by successful litigation against powerful special interests that don’t play by the rules.” He also quoted the late Sen. Moynihan: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Right back at you, Bob!
Mr. Ferguson is indirectly correct in that he does not go to the taxpayers specifically to raise money for each of his lawsuits, some of which are frivolous and obviously attention grabbers, but the taxpayers did fund the previous successful lawsuits that then pay for his other lawsuits directed at Trump and the federal government.
I believe Mr. Ferguson is being disingenuous to suggest these lawsuits are not funded by taxpayers. These taxpayer funded lawsuits are just a precursor to his run for governor and then I guess we will find out then what the voters think of Mr. Ferguson’s time as Attorney General.