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    BrianRagan
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    “Supporters of a proposal titled the Government Litigation Savings Act say powerful environmental groups like Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity are “shaking down federal government programs so they can access taxpayer dollars to fund their radical agendas.”

    But the two environmental groups argue a current law providing for the reimbursement of legal bills doesn’t even cover their costs — but it does give them a chance to compete against powerful corporate interests.

    The new bill would require that people who sue show they have a “direct and personal monetary interest” in suing the government to be eligible to recoup court costs.

    It would set a new, higher cap of $175 per hour for attorney fees, peg that to inflation and cap total reimbursement to $200,000. It would allow no more than three reimbursements in a calendar year.

    Crapo and Risch cited court documents suggesting groups have sued the government more than 1,200 times and received upward of $35 million in taxpayer funds.”

    Entire article below:
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/06/13/1686716/equal-access-or-taxpayer-abuse.html

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