Become a ‘Citizen Sleuth’ and investigate Trump administration corruption

The administration of Donald Trump probably has the most wealth of any administration in US history. It is also the administration that has the most open contempt for ethics and thus one can expect that many of them will have no compunction about using their offices to enrich themselves by making decisions that are advantageous to their private interests. This was also likely true for many members of previous administrations but the Trump cohort will be different in that they think they are entitled to do so. After all, the head of this corrupt organization, Trump himself, clearly sees being president as a way to advance his business interests.

The Center for Public Integrity has decided to enlist the general public in monitoring the administration with a new project called Citizen Sleuth. They have put online in an easily searchable, sortable database in the form of a spreadsheet all the financial disclosure forms that government employees are required to file so that anyone can pore over them and add notes if they find any evidence of corruption. This page gives some tips on how to get started, what to look for, and how to report anything interesting that you find.

Of course, this being the Trump family, there are already signs of shenanigans, such as son-in-law Jared Kushner failing to report many assets.

You can learn more about this project on the radio program Reveal that is put out by the Center for Investigative Reporting. You can listen to their podcast about the Citizen Sleuth project here.


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