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Group asks for investigation into government promotion of Mar-a-Lago

via @learyreports

WASHINGTON - The interest group Common Cause wants an investigation into the promotion of Mar-a-Lago on State Department websites.

"The ethics complaint concerns an article the State Department’s ShareAmerica website published profiling the history of the Trump property and describing the Palm Beach club—which doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after his election—in glowing terms," the group said. "The article was subsequently circulated by multiple U.S. embassies, including on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom and on the Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Albania. Federal ethics rules prohibit government employees from endorsing 'any product, service or enterprise.'

The complaint seeks the State Department and Office of Government Ethics to conduct an investigation and hold employees accountable.

“The State Department article promoting Mar-a-Lago constitutes a misuse and abuse of taxpayer dollars that clearly warrants an investigation. This Administration’s refusal to set clear boundaries between the business of the American people and the businesses of Donald Trump has metastasized into the federal agencies,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause.

The articles were removed Monday after receiving widespread media attention.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

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