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At her confirmation hearings, Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and spouse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY,) promised to remove impediments to private investment and revitalize the transportation sector of the economy. She appears to be fulfilling that promise–but in ways that benefit her family, her husband’s re-election bid, and little else.
Several reports have surfaced recently making it clear that Chao’s activities as Secretary serve primarily to enrich her family and husband. She maintains deep financial and business ties to her family’s shipping company, Foremost Group, based in New York but operating primarily in China. According to multiple news sources, she recently planned a visit to China so unorthodox and troubling that the American embassy in Beijing asked the State Department for help with the ethics involved, and the trip was eventually cancelled. And while the Trump Administration has not been shy about propping up sagging industries like coal, Chao’s department has proposed cuts to federal funds assisting the flagging American shipping industry. To help her husband’s senate reelection bid, Chao designated a special liaison in her office to grease the wheels for at least $78 million in grants benefitting Kentucky as McConnell is preparing to campaign.
Tell your representation to call for Elaine Chao’s immediate resignation for her clear acts of corruption.