Our Recent Reporting on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Sunlight’s “Conflicts of Interest” blog keeps you current on developments in the Trump emoluments cases, instances of potential Trump Family conflicts noted in the news, and great reporting on the topic by journalists around the world — including original Sunlight investigations.

This Week in Conflicts: Royalties for Trump Family Photos, the Businesses Tied to the Head of Consumer Protection Bureau and Pruitt Resigns (7/6/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, the first lady made at least $100,000 in royalties from photos of the Trump family, a look at the businesses tied to the new head of the nation’s consumer protection bureau and Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Scott Pruitt, resigns.
This Week in Conflicts: Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties, the Kushners and Trumps Back Out of a Deal and How Trump is Leaving His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake (6/30/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, campaign finance reports and other documents reveal political groups and taxpayers have spent at least $16 million at Trump-branded properties since President Donald Trump said he was running for president and the Kushner Companies and the Trump Organization will no longer be partners on an oceanfront development Read More
This Week in Conflicts: Chinese Win Another Trump Contract, Russian Cash Sales for Trump Properties and Broken Promises from Wilbur Ross (6/25/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, a Chinese government owned construction company was awarded another contract for work on the Trump-branded golf club being built in Dubai, an investigation traced millions in cash payments for Trump properties made by people connected to Russia or former Soviet republics and a closer look at Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ business ties.
This Week in Conflicts: New York Attorney General sues Trump Foundation, Congress asks for more power on emoluments (6/14/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, the New York State Attorney General is suing the Trump Foundation, the latest on two emoluments lawsuits against President Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are making millions while working as "unpaid advisors".
This Week in Conflicts: A possible deal for ZTE, Pruitt talks Chick-fil-A for his wife, plus Kushner’s dad on the meeting with Qatar (6/8/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce is working with Chinese telecommunication company ZTE on a billion-dollar deal, emails show Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt inquired about a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, and Jared Kushner’s father, Charles, says his meeting with Qatari finance minister was “wrong.”
This Week in Conflicts: New trademarks in China and a call for investigation, plus a Kushner company seeks investment from a Saudi-backed fund (5/31/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, received new trademarks from China for her collection of businesses, Democratic lawmakers are asking for an ethics investigation into the president’s ties to China and Jared Kushner’s tech company is asking for money from a Saudi-backed fund.
This Week in Conflicts: “Lobbying” gets more literal, a Qatari-backed bailout for Kushner, and what you might have missed in the president’s financial disclosure (5/23/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, a breakdown of who is spending money at President Donald Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel, a possible bailout for Kushner Companies from a Canadian firm with ties to Qatar, and more details from President Trump’s most recent financial disclosure reveal how his businesses are doing.
This Week in Conflicts: Trump’s financial disclosures and odd support for ZTE — followed by a Chinese-backed theme park (5/17/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, President Donald Trump files his financial disclosures, a Trump Organization construction partner struck a deal with a Chinese state-owned construction company to build a theme park next to planned Trump properties—just as the president publicly shared his mission to help bring jobs back to China, and a watchdog group filed an ethics complaint Read More
This Week in Conflicts: Payments to Cohen, Qatar buys an apartment in Trump Tower, and more political spending at Mar-a-Lago (5/10/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, new information surfaces about payments made to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, Qatar purchases a $6.5 million apartment in New York’s Trump Tower, and a look at how much money is being spent by political insiders at President Trump’s private club in South Florida.
This Week in Conflicts: Vietnam, encouraging lobbying, and what happens if Mueller or Rosenstein are fired (5/3/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, a look at how a call to Vietnam from President-elect Donald Trump originated, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tells the banking industry to lobby lawmakers and thousands are preparing to protest if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein.