The Intercept:Homeland Security Pick Gen. John Kelly Fails to Disclose Ties to Defense Contractors


Ethics experts say the failure to disclose Kelly’s listed board memberships violate ethics guidelines. “One of the purposes of the financial disclosure requirement is for OGE and the public to identify an official’s potential conflicts of interest,” said Brendan Fischer, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center.

“If Gen. Kelly only identifies his relationship with the parent private equity firm, and not his relationship with specific subsidiaries engaged in lobbying or other activities, OGE and the public are left guessing as to which clients of which subsidiaries might pose a potential conflict,” Fischer added, noting that OGE guidelines do require even non-compensated positions to be disclosed.

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