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The Real Donald Trump

Already, Donald Trump has thrown out promises he made over and over again to the American public on the campaign trail. The overwhelming bulk of Trump’s agenda aims to free corporations to engage in reckless activity and mass predation without any restraint — to rip off consumers, pollute the environment, threaten the planet with catastrophic climate change, strip health insurance coverage from those who can’t pay and restart the Wall Street schemes that led to the Great Recession.

Public Citizen will be there every step of the way to combat Trump’s toxic agenda. This page will house all the work Public Citizen is doing to expose and counteract the real Donald Trump – so please check back often.

Watchdogging Conflicts of Interest

Donald Trump could take office with what might well be the most blatant conflicts of interest in the history of American politics. Trump’s empire spans the globe and a vast array of business lines. The scope of Trump’s empire means that his businesses are impacted by a wide range of government policies, including taxes, consumer protection, civil justice, financial regulation, employee rights, foreign policy and much more. As long as Trump (or his children) maintain control of the businesses, the conflicts will be pervasive, unavoidable and consequential. Here is some of the work Public Citizen has been doing to call out Trump on his clear cut conflicts of interest:

Jan. 11, 2017: Trump 'Plan' Fails on All Levels, Will Do Nothing to Solve Most Serious Conflict Problems
Jan. 10, 2017: Presidency for Profit - Trump's Conflicts Are Inescapable as Long as He Maintains Ownership of His Business
Jan. 9, 2017: Warren Bill Would Require President Trump to Sell Business
Dec. 15, 2016: New Senate Legislation to Combat Trump’s ‘Conflicts of Interest in His Administration
Dec. 13, 2016: Concerned About Trump's Conflicts of Interest, Activists to Deliver More Than 400,000 Petitions to Trump Hotel
Dec. 13, 2016: Trump Tweet Suggests Conflicts of Interest Will Continue
Dec. 12, 2016: Public Citizen Parody Ad – to Run Tuesday on Fox News – Turns Trump Campaign Rhetoric on Its Head
Dec. 10, 2016: Tillerson Nomination Completes Corporate Takeover of Trump Administration
Dec. 9, 2016: Trump’s Continued Ownership of Businesses Will Cause Serious Problems for His Presidency and the Country
Nov. 30, 2016: Trump ‘Leaving’ Business Does Nothing to Alleviate Conflicts of Interest
Nov. 21, 2016: Trump's Conflicts of Interest Are Unprecedented in American History
Nov. 17, 2016: 'The Most Blatant Conflicts of Interest in the History of American Politics'
Nov. 17, 2016: Trump Must Divest Himself of All Business Holdings, Democracy Advocates and Ethicists Say
Nov. 17, 2016: Trump’s Lobbying Ban Won’t Stop the Real Conflicts of Interest in His Administration

Tracking Trump’s Corporate Cronies

Candidate Trump railed against the corporate elite and special interest making backroom deals in D.C., and vowed to give new voices a chance to go into government service. Instead of removing the insiders as promised, Trump is turning over the inner workings of government to the corporate class. Public Citizen has been tracking Trump’s nominations and appointments within his transition team and administration. Below is some of the work Public Citizen has done, which shows Trump’s ‘draining the swamp’ promises were a scam. Check out Public Citizen's website.

Jan. 18, 2017: In Light of New Information, Public Citizen Renews Call for Investigation into HHS Nominee's Stock Trading Activity
Jan. 13, 2017: Mulvaney Is Too Extreme to Direct OMB
Jan. 11, 2017: Key Questions Senators Must Ask Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State Pick
Jan. 9, 2017: Get the Rundown on Trump Nominees - Their Corporate Ties, Conflicts of Interest, More
Jan. 6, 2017: Tracks Trump Cabinet Picks
Jan. 6, 2017: Does Tillerson's Deal With Exxon Eliminate His Interest in the Company?
Jan. 5, 2017: Corporate Accountability Blunders Taint Sessions (Trump's HHS pick) Record
Jan. 5, 2017: Extensive Stock Trading by Trump’s Nominee for HHS Raises Conflict of Interest Concerns
Jan. 3, 2017: Choice of Robert Lighthizer as USTR Strengthens Prospects for a New Approach to U.S. Trade Policy
Dec. 9, 2016: Betraying His Voters, Trump’s Interior Pick Backs Dirty Energy and Big Polluters
Dec. 7, 2016: Terrible Choice: Trump Picks Fossil Fuel Industry Ally to Head EPA
Nov. 30, 2016: America, You’ve Been Had; Millionaire Mnuchin Is One of the Corporate Elite That Candidate Trump Railed Against
Nov. 29, 2016: 70 Percent of Trump Landing Team Members Have Corporate Ties
Nov. 29, 2016: Trump's Corporate Takeover of Federal Agencies
Nov. 28, 2016: Texan Who Shouldn’t Play a Role in the Trump Administration Is Rumored to Be Interviewing Today for EPA Administrator
Nov. 23, 2016: Five Questions for Trump Transition Team
Nov. 23, 2016: Two Texans Who Shouldn’t Play a Role in the Trump Administration
Nov. 18, 2016: America Is Better Than Jeff Sessions
Nov. 16, 2016: The List: Here Are the Special Interest Insiders Swarming Trump’s Transition Team
Nov. 15, 2016: Here’s What Candidate Trump Said About Clean Government. Use This to Hold Him Accountable.
Nov. 14, 2016: Fox in the Henhouse: Leading Trump Candidate for Treasury Said to Be Former Goldman Sachs Partner With Ties to Great Recession

Fighting on All Fronts

Not all of Trump’s dangerous schemes can fit into a category, so here is Public Citizen’s miscellaneous work to stop Trump from attacking important legislative policies and protections.

Jan. 19, 2017: 'Send Special Interests Packing'? Trump Already Has Broken That Pledge
Jan. 19, 2017: Corporate Contributors to Trump Inauguration Seek to Curry Favor
Dec. 9, 2016: Trump Transition Team Asks Disturbing Questions About Civil Service Employees
Nov. 29, 2016: Congress Must Drain the Swamp, Not Clog the Drain
Nov. 11, 2016: Bailed-Out Auto Industry Asks Trump’s Lobbyist Transition Team to Ease Off Rules That Save Consumers Money
Nov. 10, 2016: Here's How We Can Face the Massive Challenges Ahead

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