Govt. Watchdog Group: Hillary 'Worst Ethics Violator' of 2015

"Overwhelming evidence shows that she abused her official position.”

In News That Should Surprise No One, a government watchdog group has released a list of eight politicians it considers the worst ethics violators in the entire Washington, D.C. swamp. Even among that crowd, Hillary Clinton stands out as being in a “league of her own.”

The Daily Caller reports that a report from the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan group which nonetheless receives funding from conservative groups, said of the Democratic party’s presidential frontrunner,

“During her time as Secretary of State, overwhelming evidence shows, primarily through the State Department’s release of her emails, that she abused her official position."

The group recently filed a complaint with the Office of Governmental Ethics asking it to investigate Clinton over a possible conflict-of-interest involving her son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky. The latest batch of Clinton’s State Department emails includes a May 25, 2012 message to Mezvinsky from one of his former colleagues at Goldman Sachs, a company that has donated heavily to Clinton’s campaign and to her family foundation. The colleague wanted to meet with Clinton to discuss a company in which he and Goldman Sachs had invested. Clinton appeared open to making that meeting happen.

The watchdog group has asked other federal agencies to investigate the Clinton campaign’s dealings. FACT sent a letter to the IRS, for example, asking it to investigate a $350,000 payment that the Clinton Foundation made to Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign for an email list of potential donors.

FACT has also asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether Clinton’s campaign illegally obtained an email list of 4 million names from the pro-Clinton super PAC, Ready for Hillary. The group has also asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to look into an April meeting of Senate Democrats which Clinton campaign aides attended, a possible violation of a rule against using Senate space for political campaign activity and fundraising.

In a statement, Matthew Whitaker, FACT’s executive director, stated,

“Elected officials are sent to Washington to follow and uphold the law and so they need to be held to the highest standard of ethics. Even the appearance of impropriety can quickly erode public trust, and Mrs. Clinton is in a league of her own. 

“We will continue to vigorously hold the lantern over unethical behavior so that we have a government that serves the public’s interest, not the self-interests of leaders who think they are beyond reproach.”

The FACT list of the worst ethics violators includes four other Democrats — Robert Pittenger. Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, and Joe Sestak — and three Republicans — New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, and North Carolina Rep.