Cummings Seeks Information from Energy PR Rep Who Helped Pruitt Get Rose Bowl Tickets
Cummings Seeks Information from Energy PR Rep
Who Helped Pruitt Get Rose Bowl Tickets
Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2018)—Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Renzi Stone, the Chairman and CEO of Saxum, requesting documents regarding his actions in assisting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his family obtain Rose Bowl tickets.
“I am writing to request documents regarding your actions in assisting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in obtaining highly sought-after tickets to attend the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day where the University of Oklahoma Sooners played in the semifinal for the College Football Playoff National Championship,” Cummings wrote.
On May 18, 2018, Committee staff conducted a transcribed interview with Millan Hupp, Pruitt’s former Director of Scheduling and Advance. During her interview, she informed Committee staff that Stone provided Pruitt with Rose Bowl tickets for him and his family.
In addition to being a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, Stone is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Saxum, which describes itself as “a full-service marketing communications agency.” The company’s website describes Stone as having “extensive experience in marketing strategy, crisis communication and public affairs for energy companies.” In fact, Saxum has a large energy practice, with clients including Williams, the American Petroleum Institute, and GE Oil & Gas. One Saxum client, Plains All American Pipeline, currently has a petition before the EPA to discharge hydrostatic test water from a pipeline in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“Federal ethics rules prohibit government employees from accepting gifts, such as tickets to sporting events, unless they pay ‘market value’,” Cummings wrote. “Moreover, a government employee may not accept a gift provided ‘because of the employee’s official position’.”
Cummings asked Stone to produce all documents and communications with Pruitt “on any topic” from January 20, 2017, to the present.
Click here to read today’s letter.