Politico: Interior reimbursed for Zinke Virgin Island fundraiser, but contributions unaccounted for


Taxpayers have been reimbursed for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's participation in a political fundraiser last spring in the Virgin Islands — but questions remain about the donations he helped solicit, according to campaign finance records and interviews.


Interior "should not be paying for any of Zinke's political travel," said Brendan Fischer, director of the bipartisan watchdog group Campaign Legal Center’s federal and FEC reform program. "That being said, there is certainly a pattern of Zinke and other administration officials mixing official and political business, which the inspector general is looking into. Public resources are supposed to be used to advance the public interest, not to coddle political donors."

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