The Washington Post: Opinion Trump’s personal pilot to head the FAA? It’s the latest sign norms are breaking down.Feb 26, 2018
After all, the news of the possible Dunkin appointment comes mere days after CNBC reported that the Republican National Committee is paying rent to the tune of $37,000 a month for space for Trump’s 2020 campaign. The location? New York’s Trump Tower. (And making sure no politician’s family is left behind, the RNC is also paying the approximately $12,000 monthly salary of the Trump campaign’s deputy executive director, Mike Pence’s nephew John Pence.) This, apparently, is not illegal. “This is permissible and it’s being reported properly,” as Brendan Fischer of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center told CNBC. It is, however, concerning. As CNBC reports, the payments began shortly after public pressure forced the RNC to cease paying for the legal advice Trump was receiving related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation.
- Feb 26, 2018
Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel for Campaign Legal Center, said the federal forms are often used by groups looking to help people register to vote because it has instructions for every state. The form, she said, is also available on the Internet when people seek information on voter registration. Nebraska isn’t the only state with inaccurate instructions on the federal form. Lang said that so far her organization has sent letters to six states, including Nebraska, about inaccurate instructions as part of nationwide survey of voting access.
- Feb 25, 2018
Unless Kushner has been entirely cleared of wrongdoing, his continued presence in his current White House role is unprecedented and inexcusable. He is entitled to the legal presumption of innocence, but not to a high White House post with a top security clearance so long as there is credible information to believe he acted improperly with regard to the matters under investigation. If this were a corporate setting, a high-level executive would be put on “leave” pending conclusion of an investigation. Former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub tells me, “It’s ridiculous that Kushner still works in the White House, all the more so that he has access to classified information. Anybody else would be gone, but the Justice Department consigned us to this fate when it [condoned] nepotism in the White House.”
CNBC: RNC started paying Trump campaign's rent at Trump Tower after it stopped covering Trump's legal bills for Russia probeFeb 23, 2018
"This is permissible and it's being reported properly, but why they are doing it is a mystery," said Brendan Fischer, senior counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. "One would think the RNC could be spending their money more effectively right now on the 2018 campaign, rather than spending it to pay Trump's rent."
- Feb 23, 2018
Brendan Fischer, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, said the RNC is reporting the payments properly. "This is permissible and it's being reported properly, but why they are doing it is a mystery," Fischer said. "One would think the RNC could be spending their money more effectively right now on the 2018 campaign, rather than spending it to pay Trump's rent."
- Feb 23, 2018
That raises red flags, according to Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics watchdog group. “If the lobbying groups who pay six figures to sponsor CPAC can determine what is discussed at CPAC, then the conference looks an awful lot like a pay-to-play operation,” Fischer said in an email. “It looks even more shady if the head of CPAC is leveraging the credibility of the conference to advance the interests of the clients who are paying him.”
- Feb 22, 2018
“In his short time in office, Secretary Zinke’s boundary-pushing — and, apparently, boundary-crossing — conduct has set a poor ethical example for the department’s staff,” the Campaign Legal Center wrote in a draft complaint it plans to send to the inspector general Monday. “He appears to have violated ethics-related laws and regulations on several occasions and wasted taxpayer funds on frivolities. As a cabinet-level official, he owes more to the public he serves.”
- Feb 21, 2018
Despite Ward's gap, super PAC spending can change the tenor of tight primary elections like Arizona's, said Tara Malloy, senior director of appellate litigation and strategy at Campaign Legal Center. Candidates with less direct funding can be "kept alive by their billionaire backer," Malloy said. "A candidate whose spending is on life support can be somewhat resuscitated by outside spending," she said.
- Feb 21, 2018
Trump Jr. may be raising another set of ethics concerns by offering his thoughts on international relations, said Lawrence Noble, senior director of the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center in Washington. "The assumption is he has his father's ear," Noble said. "By talking about international relations and sharing the stage with government officials, he's acting as an informal ambassador for the U.S. at the same time he's selling properties in India. It just blurs the lines even more."