Alan Zibel

Alan Zibel is a researcher at Public Citizen, where he focuses on corporate influence on the Trump administration.

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Vape and Switch: How Martha Coakley Joined Up with Juul

The former Massachusetts attorney general’s new employer is an example of how former law enforcement officials are highly sought after by corporate America.

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Seth Wenig/AP Photo Late last year, Marlboro manufacturer Altria bought a 35 percent stake in Juul for $12.8 billion. Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is most known on the national scene for two embarrassing electoral losses to Republicans in one of the nation’s bluest states. Mocking her improbable defeats to former Senator Scott Brown and current Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both Republicans, Politico labeled her “Martha Chokeley.” But when it came to standing up to corporate giants harming Massachusetts residents, Coakley did not choke. As the state’s attorney general from 2007 to 2015, she launched investigations and lawsuits challenging the banking industry’s mortgage lending and foreclosure practices, and pushed for aggressive regulation of electronic cigarettes. Now Coakley seems intent on tarnishing her consumer protection legacy as well. Last week, Politico reported that Coakley was hired by San Francisco–based...