February 22, 2020 | IFA Staff
Has it seemed to you that President Trump’s Administration has been sued by a lot of State Attorneys General? Here are the facts. The statistics are staggering–103 lawsuits have been filed against the Trump Administration in the last 3 years, which is more than twice the number against President Obama over his 8 years. This Administration has really been attacked.
We found a fascinating website, AttorneysGeneral.org, that has interactive charts detailing how many lawsuits have been filed against Presidents and their Administrations, all the way back to Reagan. this is how they describe what’s going on:
“Suing the federal government has become the most prominent form of coordinated national AG (Attorney General) activism in recent years.
Coalitions of AGs have sued the Trump Administration repeatedly across a range of issues, such as on immigration, health care, and environmental policy. These coalitions have been led mainly by Democratic AGs, such as Washington State’s Bob Ferguson, pictured above. During the Obama Administration, however, it was mostly Republican coalitions bringing these coordinated efforts, mostly famously challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
The prominence of coordinated multistate lawsuits to challenge federal policy is a relatively recent phenomenon. While states have a long history of suing the federal government, these were typically single-state efforts claiming specific harm to that state. Now, partisan coalitions of AGs have used multistate lawsuits as a way to both block federal policies and to prompt national action.”
The website has a page with fascinating interactive graphics–we encourage you to go there and play around with the information. What may not be immediately obvious to you is the staggering cost associated with the staggering number of lawsuits. In these instances, the state Attorneys General are using state resources, funded by state tax dollars, to sue the federal government which defends the lawsuit with federal resources, funded by federal tax dollars.
We want to know what you think!