“An agency’s ethical culture depends on ethical leadership,” said Delaney Marsco, the Campaign Legal Center’s ethics counsel. According to his calendars, Domenech met with the Texas foundation to discuss a pair of lawsuits it had filed against the interior department concerning endangered species and private property rights. Roughly six months after its meeting with Domenech, the interior department settled one of those lawsuits in what the foundation described as a “major win”. Faith Vander Voort, a spokesperson for the interior department, wrote in a statement that the interior department takes “ethics issues seriously”. “The Office of the Secretary immediately consulted with the Department Ethics Office after receiving the subject complaints,” she wrote.
Source: The Guardian April 23, 2019 20:26 UTC