Conflicts of interest between “the company that made her rich” and her Senate committee oversight duties put Loeffler under scrutiny
Ethics watchdog: Loeffler’s committee appointment “utterly irresponsible…given her conflicts of interest.”
ATLANTA — Today, another report from the AJC highlights “one of the trickiest ethical dilemmas in recent congressional history” facing temporary senator and “political mega-donor” Kelly Loeffler as a result of the numerous conflicts of interest between her and her husband’s firm and her Senate duties.
Loeffler’s assignment to the Senate Agriculture Committee allows her to be “an overseer of the overseers of the company that made her rich,” with jurisdiction over the regulators of her own business interests. Watchdog groups are saying that there are “few, if any, recent precedents in Congress” for Loeffler’s conflicts of interest and one ethics expert even called her Senate assignments “utterly irresponsible.”
Loeffler has already repeatedly come “under scrutiny” for her “‘minefield’ of potential ethical issues” — including her and her husband’s firm’s extensive history of influence peddling and making key lobbyist hires from DC. That same firm has poured a staggering $17 million into its Washington lobbying efforts since 2002.
Loeffler herself reportedly publicly argued against greater regulation of her business interests, and after buying herself a Senate appointment, she’s now in a prime position to cash in on her investment to further enrich herself and her husband.
“Kelly Loeffler promised to spend up to $20 million to buy herself a temporary Senate seat, and it’s clear that she’s just looking for a return on that investment instead of working for Georgians,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Loeffler’s unprecedented conflicts of interest show that she’s part of the same Washington swamp that Georgians are sick and tired of and are ready to vote out in November.”
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