U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Commends New Sessions Policy Prohibiting Settlement Payments to Outside Groups

June 07, 2017

Lisa A. Rickard
President
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he is barring the Department of Justice (DOJ) from directing “slush funds” payments to third party groups as part of settlement agreements.

We commend Attorney General Sessions for directing Department of Justice officials to seek justice in a manner consistent with the public interest, not how much money they can generate for outside interest groups unconnected with the underlying enforcement action.

The Constitution gives Congress alone the power of the purse, and the DOJ previously thwarted that through its settlement “slush fund” practices.

And we urge Congress to take AG Sessions’ lead and pass Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R. 732), which would apply these same principles to all federal agencies.