Democracy Reform Task Force Compiles 500 Instances of Trump Administration Corruption, Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Abuses

New Report Underscores President Trump’s Failure to “Drain the Swamp”


Jun 6, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in releasing a new report that lists 500 instances of corruption, conflicts of interest and ethical abuses in the Trump Administration.

The report, “500 Ways in 500 Days: How the Trump Administration’s Culture of Corruption Is Swamping Washington,” builds on previous reports issued by the Democracy Reform Task Force in February and in November, August and April of 2017.

“While President Trump and officials in his Administration continue to use public office for private financial gain, hardworking American families keep getting a raw deal,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Americans are sick of the corruption and cronyism on display in this administration. They’re tired of special-interest policies that mostly benefit wealthy donors and large corporations. It’s time to clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington, put hardworking Americans first and return to government of, by and for the people.”

The new report outlines 500 ways – after only 500 days in office – that President Trump and his Administration have reduced government transparency and accountability, ignored ethics laws and norms, and used the Office of the Presidency to boost their business interests.

This includes:

  • Making a mockery of ethics laws and regulations;
  • Promoting a culture of secrecy in the Executive Branch;
  • Stacking his cabinet with big-money campaign donors;
  • Installing a special-interest revolving door into the Trump White House;
  • Putting big money ahead of the public interest;
  • Turning the Presidency into a profit-making enterprise;
  • Pursuing public policy for his personal benefit; and
  • Raiding the treasury to pay for vacation & private business promotion.

See here for the full report.