Top Biden Official Promoting Policy Agenda of Former Employer, Ethics Watchdog Says
- June 14, 2021
Group calls for investigation of Bureau of Land Management acting director Nada Culver
Matthew Foldi, The Washington Free Beacon
A watchdog group is sounding the alarm that a top Biden administration official is doing the bidding of her former employer while working in the highest levels of the administration.
Nada Culver, who is serving as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, has taken the lead for the administration on the issue of banning drilling in Alaska. The policy initiative is one of the primary goals of Culver’s previous employer, the National Audubon Society, prompting a watchdog to ask the agency’s inspector general to look into whether Culver may be violating both the Biden administration’s ethics pledge and federal law.
“Upon arriving at [Bureau of Land Management], Culver quickly advanced the very actions sought by her former employer,” Protect the Public’s Trust said in a statement on its letter to the agency. “Absent a waiver from Department ethics officials, this would appear to violate federal ethics laws as well as the Biden Ethics Pledge, which bars political appointees from participating in particular matters related to their former employers and clients.”