California Taxpayers Are Paying Eric Holder $625 Per Hour To Fight Trump

Former Attorney General Eric Holder is raking in the cash from California’s taxpayers.

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It is always surprising how many government “servants” happen to end up rich when they leave government work.

Such is the case of former Attorney General Eric Holder, to whom the taxpayers of the People’s Republic of California are paying $25,000 for 40 hours of work each month to fight President Trump’s agenda. That breaks down to $625 per hour.


Oddly enough, the work doesn’t require holder to do anything other than produce “legal strategies,”according to Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch announced today that on January 12, 2017, it obtained records from the California Legislature Joint Rules Committee revealing that the Legislature will pay the law firm of former Obama U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. $25,000 a month for 40 hours of work each month for providing “legal strategies regarding potential actions of the federal government that may be of concern to the State of California.” The contract precludes any other litigation or advocacy work.

The records came in response to a January 9, 2017, Legislative Open Records Act request seeing the following:

All contracts between the California Legislature and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling.

All communications between the California Legislature and former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling about the Legislature’s retention of Holder and/or Covington and Burling.

On January 4, California legislative leaders announced that they had hired Holder to assist them in anticipated federal challenges to several state policies such as climate change and immigration.

In a statement, Kevin de Leon, California Senate President Pro Tempore said, “With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead.”  The California Attorney General, who represents the State’s interest in court, already has a budget of $190 million.

In the Covington contract provided to Judicial Watch in response to its records request, Holder’s firm limited its activities to providing “legal strategies” and stipulated that it would require a “new engagement letter” for any activities beyond providing such advice:

We are pleased to confirm that we will serve as Special Counsel to the California State Senate and the California State Assembly (collectively “the Legislature”) in helping the Legislature develop legal strategies regarding potential actions of the federal government that may be of concern to the State of California…

Should the Legislature wish to retain us to work on any particular litigation or other matter or public policy advocacy work, that would not fall within the scope of this undertaking and would require a new engagement letter.

“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,” stated Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “This expensive contract is crony corruption pure and simple.  The swamp of public corruption has taken over California.”

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