Should This Surprise Us?: EPA Giving Preferential Treatment

So, in light of the Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting conservative groups, and the DOJ covertly probing the Associated Press, we have the Environmental Protection Agency showing favoritism to liberal and green groups.  From Leslie Shedd, communications director for Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-03):

According to recent news reports, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been giving preferential treatment to liberal and green organizations.

In documents obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the EPA waived fees for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from liberal organizations while denying similar waiver requests from pro-industry groups like the Institute for Energy Research.   The documents reportedly show the EPA granted fee waivers for 75 of 83 FOIA requests sent by liberal environmental groups – meaning these green groups saw their fees waived 92 percent of the time.  At the same time, records show the EPA rejected or ignored FOIA requests from conservative groups 21 out of 26 times – an 81 percent rejection rate.

That’s some pretty stark differences.

Indeed.  That must be the “Hope and Change” our Democratic friends have been peddling since 2007.