December 22, 2015

Ethics Watchdog Releases Year End Report: Hillary Clinton “In A League Of Her Own”

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) published a list of the top ethics violators of 2015, including both elected officials and candidates, and while the list included Members of Congress from both parties, there was one…unique…entry:

On top of the list of seven members of Congress and candidates, FACT had to award a category, all by itself, to Hillary Clinton for her roles in various ongoing scandals and investigations. 

The report detailed four major ethics scandals involving Clinton, referring to the list as “just a few examples that don’t even scratch the surface of her improper behavior”:

  1. Clinton Giving Preferential Treatment To A Company With Ties To Her Son-in-Law (FACT complaint)
  2. The Clinton Foundation Making Payments To Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign (FACT complaint)
  3. Clinton’s Campaign Illegally Interacting With A Super PAC (FACT complaint)
  4. Clinton’s Campaign Violated Ethics Rules by Meeting with Senate Democrats (FACT complaint)

Much of the substance of these ethics violations was revealed via the State Department’s forced release of Clinton’s emails. FACT charged that Clinton committed serious ethics violations both as Secretary of State and as a presidential candidate:

During her time as Secretary of State, overwhelming evidence shows, primarily through the State Department’s release of her emails, that she abused her official position.  Those emails remained hidden from the public until earlier this year when it was discovered that Secretary Clinton conducted government business on her private email server and a judge ultimately ordered that she turn over and the State Department release the emails.  Since becoming a presidential candidate, she has on numerous occasions violated campaign and ethics laws.

“Elected officials are sent to Washington to follow and uphold the law and so they need to be held to the highest standard of ethics.  Even the appearance of impropriety can quickly erode public trust, and Mrs. Clinton is in a league of her own” said FACT executive director and former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker. “We will continue to vigorously hold the lantern over unethical behavior so that we have a government that serves the public’s interest, not the self-interests of leaders who think they are beyond reproach.”

Another batch of Clinton’s emails is scheduled for release by the State Department before the end of the year, providing more potential fodder for ethics watchdogs.

Read the full FACT “Worst Ethics Violators Of 2015” list here.