Congress should block DOJ legal settlement monies from going to third-party groups in omnibus

Nov. 11, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to include a rider by House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would block Department of Justice legal settlement monies from going to third-party groups in the upcoming omnibus appropriations legislation:

“House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte’s effort to stop President Obama from funneling money from official government legal settlements to his third party group supporters is the exact kind of forward thinking that Congressional Republican leaders should include in the upcoming government funding bill. The $17 billion Bank of America settlement is a prime example of the misuse as Bank of America was required to send millions of dollars to third party activist groups. It is important that Congress use their power of the purse to set the parameters for this President’s actions given Obama’s continual use of his pen and phone to abuse the Constitutional separation of powers.”

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