Politicizing the courts: Obama taps hemp lobbyist/DNC member

Obama’s new U.S. Attorney nominee, Tim Purdon, has an interesting background, as Rob Port reports on our Opinion Zone blog:


After all the hullabaloo from Democrats a couple of years back about President George Bush “politicizing the Justice Department” Obama went and nominated a sitting member of the DNC to be a US Attorney. And before he was a member of the DNC, Purdon was a member of the North Dakota Democratic party’s executive committee. He was also a state chairman for both of John Edwards’ political campaigns

On top of this political background, Port digs up an interesting line from Purdon’s personal disclosure form:

I do not normally perform lobbying services as part of my practice. However, in 2007, I registered with the North Dakota Secretary of State as a lobbyist for Vote Hemp, Inc.

FOG Fair, 50,000-square-foot cornucopia of contemporary art and design, returns to Fort Mason

Eighth edition features 45 fine art galleries, dealers and design firms from around the globe

Exxon aims to leverage Texas courts to silence San Francisco and CA climate critics

Oil firm claims its history of publicly denying the climate crisis is protected by First Amendment