February 20, 2018
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has allowed his family members to be involved in, and benefit from, his position at the department. In particular, Carson’s son Ben Carson Jr and his daughter-in-law Merlynn Carson, appear to have an unusual amount of influence on official government business. Emails uncovered by American Oversight and analyzed by news outlets reveal that both Ben Jr and Merlynn Carson have attempted to use their influence at HUD to advance their own private interests. American Oversight has filed a lawsuit to learn more about Secretary Carson’s leadership and potential conflicts of interest in the department.