Attorney General Gansler is President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He will serve as President of NAAG beginning in June of 2012. As NAAG President he will spearhead a national initiative examining privacy and the internet.
Since taking office in 2007, Attorney General Douglas Gansler has been an active member of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He serves as Chair of the Association’s Environment and Energy Committee and Chair of NAAG’s Legislative Committee, and has served as Chair of the Association’s Eastern Region and Chair of the Youth Access to Alcohol Committee.
NAAG is a national organization formed to promote interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, conducts training, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government.
During his tenure as Chair of NAAG’s Eastern Region, Attorney General Gansler hosted a conference on coastal environmental issues; featured speakers included Joseph B. Tydings, former United States Senator from Maryland, and Rufus King, former Governor of Maine, as well as experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
As a member of NAAG, Attorney General Gansler has also coordinated and led nationwide efforts on several important issues, including matters affecting the interests of consumers and our natural resources. As examples, following the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Gansler, together with 10 Atlantic Coast states, sent letters to BP and its affiliated companies as the first step to protect regional interests from the potential effects of the Gulf oil spill; led more than 40 State Attorneys General in submitting comments supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposal to ban companies that sell debt relief services from charging a fee before they settle or reduce a consumer’s credit card or other unsecured debt (that ban will go into effect in October 2010); and was joined by 44 State Attorneys General in a letter urging Congress not to lift a prohibition on internet gambling.
Since taking office, Doug Gansler has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from corporate and insurance fraud, safeguarding the public from gangs, and attacking the underbelly of the Internet. More