David Vance National Media Strategist Ph: o: 202.736.5712 c: 240.605.8600 firstname.lastname@example.org
on April 26, 2017
President Trump “has presided over the most corrupt first hundred days in the history of the American presidency,” Common Cause asserts in a report released today.
“State of the Swamp: Ethics In President Trump’s First 100 Days,” details a long, jarring list of the new administration’s ethical shortcomings. Trump’s pugnacious refusal to release his tax returns and divest his business holdings is part of a pattern of ethical evasions and outright violations that pervades his presidency, it suggests.
“The scope of the ethical failings by the president and his administration is breathtaking,” said Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn. “It betrays a contempt for his bosses – the American people - and for our democracy. The president, already very wealthy, has received the highest honor Americans can bestow. But instead of giving back, he appears to be using his public office for private gain.
“This report should be a rallying cry for the millions of Americans, of every party and political persuasion, who fear our democracy is slipping away,” Hobert Flynn added. “And they’re already responding.”
The report and an accompanying website, stateoftheswamp.com, documents the dangers of the president’s refusal to release his tax returns and separate himself from his worldwide network of hotels, resorts and other businesses. It also examines his failure to impose and enforce strong ethical standards on himself, his cabinet, federal agencies, and members of his family who are working for him in the White House.
The report concludes with a series of recommendations Common Cause will work to advance to ensure presidential ethics and transparency for future generations:
To view “State of the Swamp,” click here.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
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Tags: Executive Ethics