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Does Your Member of Congress Support this Legislation to Fight Corruption?

So far, Donald Trump has refused to place his businesses in a blind trust, but plans to keep them in the hands of his adult children, with whom he has regular professional consultation. It’s more of a squinting trust arrangement, in which Donald Trump will be able to keep track of which political contacts and foreign dignitaries are contributing to his personal fortune, and which ones are less deserving of the patronage of the White House. It’s plain corruption.

The Trump corruption could come to a screeching halt, if Congress merely passed a strong law forbidding the President of the United States from maintaining any financial conflicts of interest while in office.

As luck would have it, U.S. Representative Katherine Clark introduced just such legislation yesterday on Capitol Hill. It’s called the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, with the formal label H.R. 371.

The first main clause of the legislation reads: “Not later than 30 days after assuming the office of President or Vice President, respectively, the President and Vice President shall submit to Congress and the Director of the Office of Government Ethics a disclosure of financial interests.” So, if the bill became law, Donald Trump and Mike Pence would have to finally divulge their business entanglements with foreign governments and businesses all over the world… including in Russia.

The second main clause of the legislation reads: “The President, the Vice President, the spouse of the President or Vice President, and any minor child of the President or Vice President shall divest of any financial interest posing a potential conflict of interest by transferring such interest to a qualified blind trust.” A qualified blind trust is not one’s own adult child and business partner.

The transfer to a blind trust would be just the start. Trump and Pence would next be required to sell the holdings that had been put into blind trusts, and to then place the resulting proceeds into conflict-free assets.

So, how many Republicans have cosponsored this piece of anti-corruption legislation? Oh, you know the answer: Not a single damned one.

93 Democrats have, however, officially signed their names as cosponsors of the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act. Their names are:

Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]
Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen W. [D-HI-1]
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]
Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2]
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]
Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]
Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9]
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]

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