President Donald J. Trump took office with an unprecedented number of potential conflicts of interest — business holdings that could prevent him from executing the duties of the presidency objectively.
Since he was elected in November 2016, the Sunlight Foundation has been keeping track of these potential conflicts in an effort to untangle President Trump’s business ties so the public can better understand his financial interests.
Today we’re excited to announce a new and updated database of the Trump family’s potential conflicts of interest. The update improves functionality and searchability, allowing for easier analysis. The Sunlight team also has been connecting news stories about related conflicts of interest to our database, to help the public learn more about their potential impact on President Trump’s service as President of the United States. As we continue to learn about the First Family’s business holdings, this database will be updated.
So far the Sunlight team has identified more than 600 potential conflicts of interest for President Trump, as well as his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner — both of whom also hold public office. The database catalogs these potential conflicts individually with descriptions and, in many cases, related news stories. When available, records also include more detailed information about the ownership structure of the First Family’s corporate holdings and past positions the family members have held with various firms.
Using the database, users can filter scores of potential conflicts by Trump family members: President Trump; First Lady Melania Trump; First Daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump; President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, also a senior White House adviser; and President Trump’s older sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. You also can filter by the status of potential conflicts of interest, and browse by the name of a potential conflict. This could include company names, individuals and foreign governments.
As we continue to add news stories and potential conflicts to the database, we invite your feedback. We also will be working with news organizations to develop news stories about the entities and individuals identified in the database.
At the Sunlight Foundation, we believe in transparency at all levels of government. We hope this database will help shed light on the potential conflicts of interest that exist between President Trump, his family and their power in the White House.
Sunlight’s “Tracking Trump’s Conflicts of Interest” project provides a free, searchable database detailing President Donald J. Trump’s known business dealings and personal interests that may conflict with his public duties as President of the United States. The project also documents news coverage of these potential conflicts. As we continue to learn about the First Family’s business holdings, the database will be updated. Read our reporting to stay current on related news, explore our database, learn more about the project or our methodology, and contact us if you’re familiar with any of the conflicts we’re tracking.