An ethics watchdog group is alleging that the vice chairman of President Trump’s election voter fraud commission may have violated a federal conflict of interest law. The left-leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), filed the complaint Tuesday with the Department of Justice regarding Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. CREW said Kobach is paid to write columns for Breitbart News. One column — which Kobach later brought up during a New Hampshire meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — made claims about voter fraud in New Hampshire, according to the group.
Part of his biography at the bottom of the column said: “In 2017 President Trump named him Vice Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity,” it added.
“Because Secretary Kobach agreed with Breitbart News to write a column for official Commission use, knowing he would be paid for the column, he appears to have participated in a particular matter in which he had a financial interest,” the complaint says.
The executive director of CREW said government employees’ actions “should be free from any actual or apparent influence from outside financial interests.”