Do I hear banjo music?


So much for "Practice Makes Perfect!" Scott Pruitt, the polluters' inside man at the EPA, has been practicing corruption for years allegedly. And yet he is so, so bad at it!

Nothing says BE COOL, BRO, like hundreds of thousands of dollars of first-class travel for your whole posse -- although he was apparently safe in coach once he had to fly on his own dime -- and a 19-car security detail with sirens blazing. CNBC reports that no EPA Administrator has ever had round-the-clock security, even after the September 11 attacks.

But Pruitt's ambitious domestic and international travel led to rapidly escalating costs, with the security detail racking up so much overtime that many hit annual salary caps of about $160,000. The demands of providing 24-hour coverage even meant taking some investigators away from field work, such as when Pruitt traveled to California for a family vacation.

The EPA official said total security costs approached $3 million when pay is added to travel expenses.

EPA staff claim that Pruitt needs $2-3 million per year of security because of "death threats."

Liz Dye

Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.

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