Investigations Into Political Appointees

Who is working for themselves instead of the American people, and what interests do they represent? With whom are they meeting, and how are they spending their time? American Oversight is investigating the influences, political ambitions, and actions of political appointees across the government, from cabinet members to the former lobbyists carrying out agency work.

The ‘Burrowing In’ of Political Appointees

With each presidential election and potential administration transition, concerns crop up about the doling out of permanent career positions to political appointees. But the White House’s obsessive focus on loyalty…

Sonny Perdue’s Ties to His Family Business

Since joining the Trump administration, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s complicated network of ties to Georgia-based entities — including his family’s company, Perdue Partners — has raised questions about potential…

Mike Pompeo’s Political Ambitions and Influences

First serving in the Trump administration as CIA director before his appointment as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has become one of President Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal cabinet members.…

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The ‘Burrowing In’ of Political Appointees

Political Appointees

Sonny Perdue’s Ties to His Family Business

Trade & Industry, Ethics & Conflicts, Political Appointees

Rick Perry’s Energy Industry Connections — in the U.S. and Abroad

Environment & Energy, Ethics & Conflicts, Political Appointees

Wilbur Ross’s Web of Financial Conflicts

Trade & Industry, Ethics & Conflicts, Political Appointees

Mike Pompeo’s Political Ambitions and Influences

National Security & Foreign Policy, Abuse of Power, Misconduct, Political Appointees

Stephen Miller’s Influence on Immigration Policy — and Throughout the Administration

Immigration, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Elaine Chao’s Family Business and Kentucky Favoritism

Trade & Industry, Ethics & Conflicts, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Former Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s Financial and Political Conflicts of Interest

Government Transparency, Ethics & Conflicts, Political Appointees

Ivanka Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s Roles in the Administration

Ethics & Conflicts, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Ben Carson’s Family Involvement at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Ethics & Conflicts, Misconduct, Political Appointees

Trump’s Political Appointees

Ethics & Conflicts, Political Appointees

Ryan Zinke’s Unethical Leadership at Interior

Environment & Energy, Misconduct, Political Appointees

Scott Pruitt’s Mismanagement of the EPA

Environment & Energy, Misconduct, Political Appointees