State attorney generals are political animals. They need campaign contributions to get elected. Also, they like being or looking important. Some of them have formed unholy alliances with plaintiffs' lawyers. They have farmed out huge contingency fee cases to plaintiffs' lawyers to represent their states in litigation brought by the state, frequently to lawyers who have made campaign contributions to the attorney general. Some of this litigation has usurped the function of the state legislature, which makes the attorney general feel he is a very, very important person.
This deleterious conduct by state attorney generals seems to be a growing problem.