EPA pick Pruitt accused of seeking 'dark money'

WASHINGTON (AP/WKYT) - A Democratic senator is accusing Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency of collecting "dark money" from anonymous sources to steer his work as Oklahoma attorney general.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island says Scott Pruitt has collected money from energy companies such as Exxon Mobil and Devon Energy, but also has benefited from front groups that do not have to disclose their donors.

Whitehouse said a political action group Pruitt leads is "a complete black hole into which at least $1 million goes." Whitehouse said Americans deserve to "know exactly who he's working for" if Pruitt is to lead an agency charged with protecting the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.

Pruitt said he did not found the organization cited by Whitehouse and hired outside groups to raise money for it.

Pruitt is a native of Kentucky.

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