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Daily Call To Action: May 19th, 2017

May 19, 2017 The Call – #Conflicts & #Corruption (S.65/H.R.371)

Urge your senators to support The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. The legislation is currently under consideration in both the House (H.R.371) and the Senate (S.65) and would require the President to divulge his tax returns and divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Unlike all previous presidents, President Trump has defied norms by refusing to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Instead, he created a revocable trust in favor of his sons to run his business, an arrangement deemed inadequate by ethics experts, which has since been further weakened by a provision to permit to Trump to take out funds at will and an agreement to provide regular financial reports to Trump. A lawsuit working its way through the courts alleges Trump Organization business with foreign governments at hotels and other properties violates the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The Atlantic keeps a running list of conflicts, most recently featuring Trump’s partnership in a Toronto tower project where his partner received substantial funding from a government-owned Russian bank. Trump continues to spend nearly a third of his time at Trump properties, at great expense to taxpayers and profit to his businesses. Another recently reported conflict was the Kushner family pitching Chinese investors permanent residency in exchange for investments in real estate projects.  America deserves transparency from the President rather than a kleptocracy. Your Action Call your members of Congress to urge them to support The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (S.65/H.R.371). Script Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m calling because I want [Sen/Rep____] to support (S.65/H.R.371), which would require the President to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. I’m very concerned about the appearance of corruption and think this legislation would go a long way to solving the problem. [Optional: I’m particularly concerned about the President vacationing at his own properties at taxpayer expense, his continued involvement in his business and potential conflicts in foreign countries like China.] I appreciate your time!

The Loyal Opposition

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