Ethics experts are amazed at a promotional shout out from White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway today on FOX News.
Kellyanne Conway used an interview from the White House this morning to officially endorse the Ivanka Trump product line at Nordstrom department store, a clear violation of federal law.
A federal employee (that would be Ms. Conway) may not “use his public office for his own private gain [or] for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated..."
And this was clearly an endorsement. Conway said, “This is just wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
UPDATE - Congressman Elijah Cummings has sent a formal request for potential disciplinary action regarding Conway's "free commercial." See below - click on image to enlarge.