by Christian Datoc
Nearly fifty progressive groups are calling on President Joe Biden to release more information on his political appointees and nominees’ potential conflicts of interests.
In a letter sent Thursday to the White House, the 49 groups — including CODEPINK, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Public Citizen — wrote that the financial disclosure forms provided by top Biden administration officials to date “provide insufficient details on the nature of work your nominees and appointees have performed for their clients, making it nearly impossible to determine the full scope of the potential conflicts.”
The request comes as Biden’s Cabinet designees are undergoing the confirmation process in the Senate and on the heels of an about face from former President Donald Trump on “draining the swamp” in Washington, a hallmark of his 2016 campaign. One of Trump’s final acts in office was to overturn a previous executive order he signed in 2017 that banned White House officials from certain lobbying positions after leaving government work.