Watchdog Files Complaint After Wealthy Interior Secretary Haaland Reported Zero Assets On Her Financial Disclosures
- July 20, 2022
Tristan Justice, The Federalist
Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland reported no assets on a financial disclosure form, which may have violated reporting rules for executive appointees according to a new complaint with the inspector general.
On Wednesday, the nonprofit government transparency group Protect the Public’s Trust demanded an investigation into the secretary’s financial filings from the independent agency watchdog. With a congressional salary of $174,000 in the two years preceding her appointment, combined with previous employment and a recent marriage to a millionaire, Haaland’s reported assets at zero are suspect.
“If the Biden administration is to live up to its promise to be the best ethical and most transparent in history, it would be prudent for Secretary Haaland to go above and beyond bare minimum reporting requirements,” said Protect the Public’s Trust Director Michael Chamberlain in a press release.