The Lisa Jackson/Richard Windsor story is getting progressively weirder as new emails released show that Jackson used her fake “Richard Windsor” account to communicate with top liberal groups without them being aware of who she really was.
It’s hard to see why Jackson would want to do that unless she was engaged in activities so illegal that she didn’t trust them or any real life assistant to handle. The current email releases don’t show anything that bad, but we haven’t seen all of it. And the only two possible conclusions is that either Lisa Jackson really had something to hide or she was insane.
I’m going to assume that Lisa Jackson wasn’t crazy.
One June 19, 2009 from the Windsor account shows Jackson corresponded with Michelle Depass of the left-leaning Ford Foundation. Depass told Jackson that soon-to-be “EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Shalini Vajjhala was going to work at the White House Council on Environmental Quality while also on payroll at the environmental group Resources for the Future,” according to Vitter.
The emails also seem to indicate that the environmentalists on the email threads believed that Richard Windsor and Lisa Jackson were two different people, when in fact the Windsor account belonged to Jackson.
The emails also show that Michael Martin, CEO of the environmental PR company Effect Partners, thought he was corresponding with Lisa Jackson’s assistant when emailing the Windsor account after he could not reach Jackson using her personal email address.
A March 4, 2010 email from Martin to the Windsor account reads, “Hi Richard, Thanks for your help in getting this information to Lisa this last week….If you are still there, could you please call me at [redacted],”
Jackson replied through the alias account, “Michael, Robert Goulding will call you tomorrow.” To which Martin responded, “Thanks Richard!”
So far we’ve got the usual conflicts of interest and the EPA coordinating with the Green Lobby. It’s scandalous, but also commonplace. The EPA stopped being an honest broker a while back and became an arm of environmental groups looking to shut down most industries.
What is strange is that Lisa Jackson ran this entire scam in her own head, constructing an alias assistant and using that alias to communicate with the Ford Foundation and other groups because she apparently couldn’t trust a real assistant.
However, the emails released by Vitter also show that Jackson used the account to correspond with former White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who called the Richard Windsor account Jackson’s “special email.”
A December 12, 2009 email from Sunstein to the Windsor account said, “Hi Lisa — chance for lunch one of these days? At the White House? Maybe next Thurs or Fri? and let me know if/how I can be helpful with anything these days? – Cass (PS I have your special email from my friend Lisa H. – hope that’s ok!)”
So Cass was in the know, and being moderately creepy about it. Figures.