EXPERT: Kellyanne Conway May Have Just Violated Federal Law With Latest Interview Mishap
Kellyanne Conway ‘Free Commercial’ For Ivanka May Be Violation Of Law
Kellyanne Conway made an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning and decided to take some time to make a “free commercial” during her interview. Conway touted the products of Ivanka Trump after reports of lagging sales had surfaced and a dust-up occurred between Nordstrom and President Donald Trump. Just one problem with Conway’s endorsement. It could be a violation of U.S. law, according to one former FEC General Counsel.
During her interview, Conway stated (video below):
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. I hate shopping, but I am going to go get some myself today,” said Conway. “This is just — it’s a wonderful line, I own some of it, I’m just gonna give a free commercial here, go buy it today, you can buy it online.”
According to Larry Noble, a former General Counsel for the Federal Election Commission, that’s a big no-no. He Tweeted:
Appears Kellayanne Conway may have just violated ban on Federal employee using public office for endorsement of product. 5 CFR 2635.702 https://t.co/mIvngSHCnk
— Larry Noble (@LarryNoble_DC) February 9, 2017
The law he is referring to does seem to be very clear about this. It reads:
An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations.
To go even further, a subsection of the law gives an example of what is not allowed in terms of endorsements that would seem to apply here:
Example 1:A Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission may not appear in a television commercial in which she endorses an electrical appliance produced by her former employer, stating that it has been found by the CPSC to be safe for residential use.
It should be noted that Ivanka Trump appears to have divested from her company, but that wouldn’t matter for Kellyanne Conway according to the wording of the law. Endorsements of “ANY PRODUCT” are prohibited.
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This apparent flub comes just one week after the now infamous “Bowling Green Massacre” mistake by Conway, in which she alluded for the third time to a disaster that never happened. White House spokesperson Sean Spicer has also been recently caught making multiple references to a terrorist attack in Atlanta that never happened.
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