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Ex-EPA head reports single, $50,000 gift to defense fund

1 year 8 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 06 2018 Dec 6, 2018 December 06, 2018 5:28 PM December 06, 2018 in News

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says a Republican donor gave $50,000 for Scott Pruitt's defense fund before he left the agency.

The former EPA chief reported the gift in a legally required financial disclosure released Thursday. The report lists the $50,000 contribution to Pruitt from Wisconsin businesswoman Diane Hendricks.

Pruitt left the agency in July amid increasing investigations into his spending and other conduct. He earlier acknowledged creating a fund to help him with his growing legal bills.

EPA ethics officials note in the report that they believe the $50,000 contribution was in cash. They added they had not been told of the gift previously.

A call to the Wisconsin headquarters of Hendricks' building-supply business after-hours Thursday was not immediately returned. EPA spokespeople did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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