Hold Kellyanne Conway accountable for breaking ethics rules

Kellyanne Conway clearly violated federal ethics rules -- just the latest in a series of violations of ethics norms by President Trump and his team. We The People must hold her and the rest of the Trump Administration accountable.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Kellyanne Conway clearly violated federal ethics rules -- just the latest in a series of violations by President Trump and his team. Ethics watchdogs must place a check on this culture of impunity, and that starts with holding Kellyanne Conway fully accountable for breaking the rules.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Kellyanne Conway clearly violated federal ethics rules -- just the latest in a series of violations by President Trump and his team. Ethics watchdogs must place a check on this culture of impunity, and that starts with holding Kellyanne Conway fully accountable for breaking the rules.

Kellyanne Conway clearly violated federal ethics rules -- just the latest in a series of violations of ethics norms by President Trump and his team. We The People must hold her and the rest of the Trump Administration accountable.

Federal law clearly bans federal officials from using their positions to endorse products or brands. But that’s exactly what Conway did when she publicly encouraged Americans to purchase Ivanka Trump branded products. In her own words: "I'm going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody." -- from the White House briefing room no less!

Conway’s misconduct pales in comparison to President Trump’s massive, unprecedented conflicts of interest. But in this White House, ethical misconduct has trickled down from Trump to the rest of his team. And if there are no consequences for this brazen violation of the rules, there’s no telling what they'll try next.

We must put a stop to this. Add your name to demand that ethics watchdogs hold Trump, Conway, and the rest of his team accountable.

Donald Trump and his team would like nothing more than for this whole problem to go away -- to distract us with another outlandish tweet, so he can keep acting like ethics norms don’t apply to him.

But you and I both know that isn’t going to happen. Together, we can hold President Trump and his team accountable.

Read More: Common Cause Complaint Urges Investigation & Disciplinary Action Against Kellyanne Conway for Ethics Violations

Common Cause filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics and the White House Counsel’s Office calling for an investigation and disciplinary action against Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway for ethics violations. Today in an interview on the Fox News program Fox & Friends, Conway violated the “endorsement” prohibition by repeatedly encouraging viewers to go out and purchase fashion products sold by the company owned by President Trumps daughter Ivanka.

“Ms. Conway’s actions violated ethics rules,” said Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause Vice President for Policy and Litigation. “Simple common sense should have prevented her from urging Fox viewers to buy products from the President’s daughter’s company. It is very troubling that someone serving as a close advisor to the President somehow thought that such clearly unethical actions were appropriate. Enough ethical concerns surround the President’s international business holdings without staffers serving as spokespeople for businesses owned by the President and his family members.”

In the live interview today, Conway expressly endorsed the product line of Ivanka Trump, encouraged viewers to buy the company’s products and directed the audience to the company’s site online. In the interview Conway said, “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody.”

Federal employees are expressly prohibited from endorsing products under 5 C.F.R. 2635.702. The regulation says that “an employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, or for the endorsement of any product, service, or enterprise.” 

Common Cause urged the Office of Government Ethics and the White House Counsel’s office to quickly investigate this apparent ethics violation and discipline Ms. Conway accordingly.

To read the complaint, click here.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Kellyanne Conway clearly violated federal ethics rules -- just the latest in a series of violations by President Trump and his team. Ethics watchdogs must place a check on this culture of impunity, and that starts with holding Kellyanne Conway fully accountable for breaking the rules.

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