August 27, 2020
With the National Park Service’s (NPS) release of a pro-Trump propaganda video and the Interior Department’s involvement in the Republican National Convention (RNC) firework display, President Trump keeps manipulating federal resources for political purposes. The public deserves to know just how much of our taxpayer dollars are funding thinly-veiled partisan activities meant to boost the president’s electoral prospects.
CREW has requested NPS records on the production cost of a video that apparently violated anti-propaganda law and that does little else but serve to promote Trump. CREW has also requested Interior records on the government funds and resources used to produce fireworks over the National Mall during the RNC.
In addition to the fireworks, Trump’s hosting the RNC on federal grounds has caused a whole host of ethics problems. This includes implicating an overwhelming number of Trump officials in violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits officials from engaging in partisan activities while representing their government position or using government resources. During the convention, Trump also made his 500th visit to one of his properties since becoming president, a reminder of his failure to divest from his businesses and distance himself from industry influence. With Trump continuing to milk every opportunity to profit and promote himself, taxpayers deserve to know just how much of their dollars are funding partisan activities within the Interior Department.