EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Biden Admin Official Hit With Ethics Complaint After Allegedly Funneling Billions To His Current Org

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Biden Admin Official Hit With Ethics Complaint After Allegedly Funneling Billions To His Current Org

  • June 27, 2024

Nick Pope, Daily Caller

A government watchdog filed an ethics complaint Thursday against a former Biden administration official who sits on the board of an organization that received billions in taxpayer cash.

Protect the Public’s Trust asked the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general’s office to investigate long-time Democratic insider David Hayes and his relation to the EPA’s massive Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) program, citing the Daily Caller News Foundation’s past reporting.

The complaint centers on Hayes’ position on the board of the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC), an organization that ultimately received billions of dollars from the GGRF after Hayes left his job in the Biden White House as a climate adviser in 2022.

“Based on recent reporting, there is reason to believe that former White House Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy David Hayes may have breached his ethics obligations by engaging in influence peddling to funnel billions of dollars in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund funds to an organization where he serves as board member,” the complaint states. “To uphold the integrity of the White House and the EPA, avoid a loss of public trust in the government’s mission and impartiality, and ensure tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars are not misdirected for private gain, we request that you immediately investigate Mr. Hayes’s conduct.”

“This greendoggle is precisely the type of situation that has helped destroy the public’s trust in its government. Hayes’s own description of his work at the White House sounds like he helped create the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund program,” Michael Chamberlain, executive director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the DCNF. “And by some combination of incredible coincidence and amazingly good fortune, the organization he left to serve on the board of somehow ends up getting $5 billion from that program. It just doesn’t pass the smell test. Protect the Public’s Trust and others have been sounding alarms about the potential for abuse of the massive GGRF program for over a year. Each time more information emerges about its details and implementation, we find our concerns are more than justified.”

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