Just in from the watchdog group CREW:
Ivanka Trump’s official endorsement of Goya products on social media was an apparent violation of federal ethics rules and standards of conduct, according to a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) with the Office of Government Ethics.
Federal ethics regulations prohibit any employee from endorsing “any product, service or enterprise.” While it may seem silly to be focused on a can of beans, a White House trying to direct business to supporters of the president is a massive ethics problem. And for this White House, it is just one more example of unchecked corruption.
In 2017, CREW filed complaints against Kellyanne Conway after she endorsed Ivanka Trump’s products from the White House briefing room, saying, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
Conway received ethics counseling following the complaint, although the president defended her, and she proceeded to violate ethics rules and laws repeatedly.