Elaine Chao used DOT staff to aid personal errands, father’s business, inspector finds

March 13, 2021 ☼ chaoethics-violationsshenanigans

Source: Politico - Link

Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao repeatedly used her staff and her position of power to boost the reputation of her shipping magnate father and otherwise aid her family, the Department of Transportation’s inspector general concluded in a report released Wednesday.

The internal watchdog faulted Chao for four kinds of ethics violations, including planning to bring relatives on an official trip to China and requiring DOT’s public affairs staff to help market a book written by her father. It found she also had employees handle personal errands such as shipping Christmas ornaments.

I suspect that there will be no consequences for either her or her husband, Mitch McConnell.