Reform Groups and Individuals with Governance Expertise Challenge Priebus’ “Highly Inappropriate” Attempt to Intimidate OGE Director

  In a letter sent today to Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, a group of nineteen organizations and individuals with governance expertise challenged Priebus’ comments as “highly inappropriate and an obvious effort to intimidate” the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub. The signers of the letter included Richard Painter, …

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Fred Wertheimer – Trump Today Sets Very Dangerous Path for Himself and for the Country

  President-elect Trump today has set a very dangerous path for himself and for the country. President-elect Trump’s press conference today establishes that he will maintain ultimate ownership of his business empire. This approach is bound to result in serious conflicts of interest and appearances of conflicts for his presidency. Conflicts of interest, furthermore, can …

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POLITICO: “5 Ways You’ll Know if Trump Is Playing by the Rules”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: The five questions posed in this op-ed provide the basis for determining whether President-elect Trump effectively addresses his conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause problems, or whether dangerous problems lie ahead for Trump’s presidency and the country. According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, “roughly two-thirds, 66 percent, say …

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Republican Opposition Research Group Makes Unwarranted, Meritless, Smokescreen Attack on OGE and its Director

  “America Rising, a Republican opposition research group, apparently has decided that the best way to deflect attention away from the ethics and conflicts of interest issues facing President-elect Trump and some of his proposed cabinet nominees is to attack the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and its Director, Walter Shaub,” according to Democracy 21 …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Support Sen. Warren’s Bill to Require President-elect Trump to Divest his Business Enterprises

In a letter sent today to Senators, reform groups and individuals with expertise in governance issues called on Senators to support and co-sponsor legislation introduced today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and other Senators, that would require President-elect Trump to divest his business enterprises. (See below for a full list of the signers of the …

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Bipartisan Group of Orgs and Individuals with Governance Expertise Calls on Trump to Divest Business Enterprises or Face Serious Conflicts of Interest and Emoluments Clause Problems

In a letter sent today to President-elect Trump, a bipartisan group of organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues called on Trump to divest his business enterprises or face serious conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause problems as president. The letter representing voices from all parts of the political spectrum urged President-elect Trump “to …

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Democracy 21 Urges Support for Senator Warren’s Bill to Require Presidents and Vice Presidents to Divest Assets into a Blind Trust

  Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Democracy 21 urges support for the bill announced this week by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to require presidents and vice presidents to divest all of their assets that could result in conflicts of interest into a true blind trust managed by an independent trustee. President-elect Trump has …

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