Influencer-in-Chief? State Department & Ivanka Edition (Part II)
May 8th, 2017
She’s been promoting it on social media, including on Facebook:
And on her personal Twitter account where she thanked her sister Tiffany:
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 4, 2017
And she’s not the only government employee who promoted it. So did a division of the State Department, which, according to published reports, retweeted the post above. The division — the Office of Global Women’s Issues — is tasked with promoting the rights and empowerment of women and girls through U.S. foreign policy.
It is the second time the State Department has promoted a Trump enterprise (see our related post on Mar-a-Lago). Both times the department removed the post after facing criticism.
While Ivanka is not paid for her position in the White House, she canceled her book tour to avoid self-promotion that conflicts with ethics regulations. Previous promotions of Ivanka’s business ventures by government employees have also sparked ethical scrutiny.
Federal rules restrict government employees from using public office for financial benefit. Specifically:
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.
We at TINA.org would add that none of these governmental posts about the book tagged them as retweets of Ivanka’s #ad.
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