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Will you add your name to the petition demanding an ethics investigation into David Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest?

“Trump’s interior chief ‘violated ethics pledge’ by cutting animal protections”

– The Guardian

Did you see that ethics watchdog Campaign for Accountability (CFA) submitted a complaint asking the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Interior Inspector General, and Interior’s Designated Ethics Office to open an investigation into Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt?

The complaint came after the New York Times reported that Bernhardt directed subordinates to roll back endangered species protections for the Delta Smelt and the Chinook Salmon — changes that directly favor one of Bernhardt’s former lobbying clients, the Westlands Water District.

And according to the New York Times story, Bernhardt began working on the issue after a mere four months on the job — well within the prohibited two-year timeframe of his ethics pledge. Plus, Bernhardt knows he’s conflicted. He even carries around a note card of recusals, on which Westlands Water District is listed!

If the Trump administration is moving forward with the nomination of an ex-lobbyist as conflicted as Bernhardt to manage America’s public lands, wildlife, and national parks at Interior, the public needs to know if he’s handing out favors to his former special interest clients.

A formal investigation into Bernhardt’s efforts to carry water for Westlands may be the only way to get to the bottom of what appears to be a clear violation of his ethics pledge. Will you add your name to the petition demanding an ethics investigation into David Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest?

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