Politico: Watchdog seeks probe into Zinke gun-club outing


A government watchdog group asked the Federal Election Commission on Thursday to investigate Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's appearance at Virgin Islands Fundraiser, and it plans to request that Interior's Inspector General probe what it contends is his "pattern of violations" of ethics regulations. The complaint letters from the Campaign Legal Center, which cite severalPOLITICO investigations as evidence, increase the scrutiny the former Montana congressman has faced over his habit of mixing official travel and political events in the Virgin Islands and the mainland. The Interior inspector general's office is already conducting a review of Zinke’s travel and campaign finance practices, which it expects to release by April.


Canegata did not reply to repeated attempts to reach him. But the Campaign Legal Center notes in its complaint that Virgin Island Elections Systems Supervisor Caroline Fawkes told the group Canegata has never filed such a finance report, either for the Zinke fundraiser or otherwise. "The public remains entirely in the dark about which donors paid thousands of dollars to buy access to Secretary Zinke," the Campaign Legal Center wrote in its complaint.

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