Scott Pruitt's Broadmoor stay funded by HBA


Scott Pruitt visited Colorado Springs. - GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR
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  • Scott Pruitt visited Colorado Springs.
The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs cozied up to one of President Trump's most controversial figures, Politico reports, and funded his "luxury hotel stay" at The Broadmoor.

When EPA director Scott Pruitt came for a visit in October 2017, the HBA paid for his Broadmoor room, at $409.12, the story says.

Pruitt has been in hot water over several instances of alleged conflicts of interest and lavish travel spending.

From the story:
“We didn’t pay for his team but we paid for him. That was the agreement when we talked to him,” [HBA executive director Renee] Zentz said. “We just wanted to get him here, we were just so excited to have him.”

The trip's headline event was a Pruitt speech to a local lunch gathering of about 150 people on Oct. 5, Zentz said. But in a stroke of good timing, board members from the National Association of Home Builders, a major lobbying group, were meeting in nearby Santa Fe, N.M., and flew up for the event. NAHB President Jerry Howard hustled in from Washington to moderate Pruitt’s remarks.

The group's invitation describes the event as "a rare opportunity to hear directly from the EPA administration" and "our chance to make sure the concerns of our industry are being listened to."

“It just was an awesome opportunity,” Zentz said. “It was a pretty big feather in our cap locally.”
Politico also reports that builders have lauded the administration's efforts to roll back regulations on clean water and stormwater runoff.

However, it's worth noting that the HBA supported Mayor John Suthers' stormwater fee, which won voter approval last fall and becomes effective in July.

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