Just when you think this administration is not capable of going to a lower depth, surprise!
Allison Clements, a Democratic commissioner on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just did a very bad thing.
Clements was leaking policy information to her former employer's funders.
You Cannot Do That!
Energy Foundation fossil fuels program director Meredith Wingate texted Clements asking for a favor.
Wingate wrote, "Not sure if this is inappropriate to ask or not-would you be interested/willing/available to talk with funder group about Ferc 2022 priorities."
Part of that event included a briefing to a group labeled as "funders only."
After the event, Wingate emails Clements, stating, "I thought your comments were very interesting, and helpful in focusing our group on ways that we can support successful advocacy at FERC."
So, we have an administration official offering up policy information to funders of her former employer.
It smells awfully bad to me, and IER President Tom Pyle agrees.
Pyle stated, "Meeting regularly with far-left organizations she used to work for creates a troubling impression.
"Briefing the funders of these groups on the 'FERC opportunity' is inescapably improper."
"At the very least, Commissioner Clements should recuse herself from voting on matters of interest to the Energy Foundation.
"If she was a Republican commissioner who was this cozy with industry representatives, the left would be calling for her resignation."
Kendra Arnold, the executive director of government ethics watchdog group the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, added, "General ethics rules dictate a government employee should not ask for contributions from someone who is regulated by, does business with, seeks official action by or has interests that may be affected by the government agency or department the employee works for."
Clements denies any wrongdoing, citing an "open door policy" that she has implemented.
It is almost comical how easily they dismiss these concerns.
Source: Fox News