Corruption

Scott Pruitt Tried to Use His Position to Get His Wife a Restaurant

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Washington Post reports that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt instructed his staff to contact Chick-fil-A in an effort to secure a franchise location for his wife shortly after he became the administrator.

Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his executive scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chairman and president of the fast food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss “a potential business opportunity”?

A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company’s legal department. Only then did he reveal the “opportunity” on his mind was a job for his wife, Marlyn.

“The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” company representative Carrie Kurlander told The Washington Post via email.

Pruitt's wife did not ultimately become a franchisee (she didn't finish the application according to the Post) but even asking his staff to arrange this was probably a violation of federal ethics rules.

Now, she did not become the owner of a Chick-fil-A, but the Washington Post also reports that Pruitt got his wife a job organizing a conference where he was invited to speak.

Around the same time, Pruitt contacted [Matthew Swift], CEO of Concordia, a nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from the private and public sector. Pruitt asked Swift to call Marlyn Pruitt, Swift said in an email, which he did. [...]

Swift’s group had invited Pruitt to speak at its 2017 conference in Manhattan, the same event where Marlyn Pruitt was paid $2,000 for three days’ work. At the event, Pruitt was accompanied by at least three aides. EPA travel records show his first-class plane ticket cost $1,201.80, and his overnight stay came to $669.

Current and former EPA officials who spoke to the Post off the record say Pruitt was desperate to find a salary for his wife because of the high cost of living in Washington.

That's funny because, when this all went down, Pruitt was living in a condo owned by lobbyists which he was renting for just $50 per night.

Pruitt is not poor, but he is a cheapskate.

This is what the coal miners wanted, right? No?

  • katanahamon

    Ethics, morals..those are all things of the past. The “president” tried to get the official seal of the office of the presidency for his f’ing golf courses, holds taxpayer funded propaganda rallies, lies publicly, and gives new heights to “emoluments clause violations.” Of course all the roaches in his shadow are trying to cash in.

  • Draxiar

    I want to see this jerk-off go down almost as much as I want to see the orange menace go down.

  • Aaron M. Litz

    Is anyone keeping a running tabulation of just how much personal profit all the Trump administration officials are making from their graft? Or at least of how much Trump himself is making?

    I’d attempt it, but I know it would just end up making me even more rabidly angry, depressed, and sick than I already am.

    • katanahamon

      Yep..I can’t even open stories on “Rump did this horrible thing today” at all..what’s the point? The mediawill simply write a column right next to it on why Hillary failed to win, why Bill Clinton is a horrible person, and the Dems are in horrible disarray. The media is equally responsible for our situation as the overtly evil Repubs are.

  • muselet

    What’s the point of being in a position of authority if you can’t use it to grift more effectively?

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    Isn’t this guy a billionaire? Or am I just remembering all of the other billionaires in this administration?

    • muselet

      Based on a quick Google search, Scott Pruitt looks to be worth two and a bit million.

      –alopecia

      • Aaron M. Litz

        Clearly someone who needs to be pinching every penny he can.

      • ninjaf

        Well, he is practically a pauper, then! How does his family survive on such meagerness?