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>> In an era of extremely partisan politics, there's long been a little known truce between some of the most powerful elected officials. State Attorneys General, Republicans, and Democrats have for years held back from challenging one another when they run for reelection. But the Republican AG's Association is now shattering that convention.
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Reuters legal correspondent, Dan Levine.>> So for years, there was an agreement between Democrats and Republicans that they would not spend money to target incumbents in other states. And the reason why they did this, was so that eight Attorneys General could work together on consumer protection issues, and there wouldn't be ill will carried over from the campaign.
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Recently, the Republican Attorneys General Association decided to change their policy, no longer follow that rule. Because they have a pretty sizeable fundraising advantage against the Democrats.>> These AGs are often at the forefront of the battle between the states and the White House. Under Obama, Republican AGs challenged him over healthcare and immigration reforms.
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Under Trump, Democrat AGs have sued to block the President's travel bans.>> Who sits and controls these offices and teams of sometimes hundreds of lawyers, really makes a difference in how national policy gets developed.>> Next year, 31 AG's seats are up for election, and as in most political fights, it helps to follow the money.
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In this case, there's an odd twist involving the company behind 5-hour ENERGY. Sources tell Reuters, Republican AGs were told corporate interests, including 5-hour ENERGY, would pledge millions of dollars to their association, if it decided to target incumbent Democrat AGs. 5-hour ENERGY declined to comment. The company 5-hour was sued by a handful of Democrat AGs, in 2014, over the marketing of the product.
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And one of those cases was brought by the Democrat AG of Washington State, Bob Ferguson. He was the one who also sued to block Trump's first travel ban and won.