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GAO Report on Illegal EPA WOTUS Lobbying Efforts

December 14, 2015
By Susan A. Poling, General Counsel, GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law on multiple occasions with what it termed “covert propaganda” in support of a powerful, controversial regulation expanding the EPA's power over

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law on multiple occasions with what it termed “covert propaganda” in support of a powerful, controversial regulation expanding the EPA's power over isolated bodies of water and temporary, ephemeral wetlands and streams.

n particular GAO fIaulted the EPA for using Thunderclap, a social media amplification tool, to recruit hundreds of Twitter users to tweet in support of the rule. It also said EPA broke the law with a blog post linking to two environmental groups’ pages urging readers to contact members of Congress to oppose legislation.

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