Biden pressured to launch political appointees’ ethics agreements
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on April 21, 2021 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, on the COVID-19 response and vaccination status.
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Several watchdog and activist groups are pressuring President Joe Biden to publicly publish ethics agreements signed by political officials in his administration that are not subject to Senate endorsement.
In a letter to Biden sent exclusively to CNBC on Thursday, over a dozen organizations asked the administration to publish the agreements reached by its political advisers and others.
The groups sent the letter the day after CNBC reported that Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of Steve Ricchetti, White House adviser in Biden, hired the White House on behalf of health companies this year.
These political officers are not required to make their ethics agreements public. This may also include references to rejection of certain political matters that may affect previous customers or business relationships.
“You have an opportunity to remedy this lack of transparency immediately by demanding that every White House employee, in addition to other high-level political figures across the executive branch, agree to have their ethical documents made public. We, the undersigned, demand On you to make this commitment immediately, “the letter said.
Groups that have signed the letter include the Revolving Door Project, the Government Accountability Project, and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health.
The letter comes after several reports that show that many of Biden’s non-Senate advisors have been paid millions in their previous jobs and that some have connections with Wall Street and Big Tech.