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Daily Call To Action: January 24th, 2017

January 24, 2017 The Call Urge members of Congress to push President Trump to be transparent about his business conflicts and tax returns and to investigate his conflicts of interest. Trump’s stated plan to deal with conflicts is to relinquish management of his business to his sons while retaining his interest. This “solution” is grossly inadequate as his global business is private and does not publicly issue financials, tax returns or even a list of what assets are in the business. There is no way to even identify, much less eliminate conflicts.  Nonetheless, it’s clear that much of Trump’s business has myriad dealings with foreign governments and companies owned by foreign governments, most of which have an interest in U.S. policy and actions. This untenable situation is likely unconstitutional and will soon be litigated before a court. However, lawsuits can take a very long time. The issue of identifying and eliminating Trump’s conflicts is timely and urgent. Thus, it’s important that Congress intervene as quickly as possible. Your Action Call your 3 members of Congress and ask them to be leaders on investigating the President’s conflicts of interest. We will be following up on this by calling again next week. *If you don’t know your members of Congress’ direct phone number, enter your zip code in the Congressional Contact Info box below. Scripts “Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [STATE]. Does [Sen/Rep____] have a position on President Trump’s plan to handle his conflicts of interest as President and do they think it’s sufficient?” If Supporting Trump Plan: “I find that pretty disturbing. There was a lot of concern in Congress about Clinton Foundation conflicts. The President’s personal business holdings, which are significantly less transparent and explicitly for-profit, appear to me even more likely to raise conflicts. I’m very concerned that the President’s lack of transparency about his business conflicts will lead to significant corruption unless he either divests or creates a truly blind trust, and produces his tax returns to satisfy the American people that he isn’t hiding additional conflicts. I’m asking [Sen/Rep____] to reconsider his/her position and use his/her influence in the [Senate/House] to push for more transparency from the President and Congressional investigation into this critically important issue. I’ll be watching [Sen/Rep____] closely to see if he/she can rise to the challenge and stand up for us folks who don’t have the ability to use government to benefit our bottom lines. I really appreciate your time.” If NOT Supporting Trump Plan: “I’m really glad to hear that. I’m very concerned that the President’s lack of transparency about his business conflicts will lead to significant corruption unless he either divests or creates a truly blind trust, and produces his tax returns to satisfy the American people that he isn’t hiding conflicts. I’m asking the [Sen/Rep____] to be a leader on this issue and use his/her influence in the [Senate/House] to push for more transparency from the President and Congressional investigation into this critically important issue. I’ll be watching [Sen/Rep____] closely to see if he/she can rise to the challenge and stand up for us folks who don’t have the ability to use government to benefit our bottom lines. I really appreciate your time.” If Unsure: “Okay. Well allow me to pitch my concerns.  There was a lot of concern in Congress about Clinton Foundation conflicts.  President Trump’s personal business holdings, which are significantly less transparent and explicitly for-profit, appear to me even more likely to raise conflicts.  I’m very concerned that the President’s lack of transparency about his business conflicts will lead to significant corruption unless he either divests or creates a truly blind trust, and produces his tax returns to satisfy the American people that he isn’t hiding additional conflicts. I’m asking [Sen/Rep____] to consider becoming a leader on this issue and use his/her influence in the [Senate/House] to push for more transparency from the President and Congressional investigation into this critically important issue. I’ll be watching [Sen/Rep____] closely to see if he/she can rise to the challenge and stand up for us folks who don’t have the ability to use government to benefit our bottom lines. I really appreciate your time.”

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