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President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is relying on the help of a top official who spearheaded a program financed by billionaire activist Michael Bloomberg to take environmental legal actions against the Trump administration and oil and natural gas companies by placing and paying the salaries of lawyers inside state attorneys general offices.

Former New York City Michael Bloomberg faces increased scrutiny following his entrance into the Democratic presidential primary as lawmakers in the West bring bills to ensure that staff in state attorneys general offices are paid from the state treasury—rather than through the environmental law center Bloomberg established at NYU.

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Pressure is building on New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas over his office’s use of attorneys that are paid for by a group created with financial backing of New York City Mayor and climate activist Michael Bloomberg.