Documents Show EPA Administrator Omitted Lobbying Client From Financial Disclosure
Washington, D.C. (Apr. 23, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Harley Rouda, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding new documents indicating that he failed to report previous work for his former lobbying client, Darling Ingredients, on his financial disclosure report.
“These documents indicate that you may have improperly omitted Darling from your financial disclosure, and they raise concerns that you may have failed to identify other clients who paid for your services as a lobbyist during the period covered by your disclosure report,” the Chairmen wrote.
On August 12, 2017, Wheeler submitted his financial disclosure report, but he did not list Darling as a source of compensation. However, Wheeler engaged in lobbying activities on behalf of Darling in 2015 and 2016, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed by Wheeler’s former employer, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
In response to a request from the Committee, Darling has now produced new documents showing that it paid at least $5,327 for Wheeler’s services over many months throughout the course of 2015, including $3,052.50 in February, $888 in March, and $1,387.50 in May. The documents show that he also provided services to Darling in August 2015 worth at least $1,942 if they were provided at the same hourly rate.
In February 13, 2019, Cummings and Rouda sent a letter to Wheeler seeking seven categories of documents relating to his previous lobbying activities. Although those documents were due on February 27, 2019, the EPA has not produced any of these documents to date.
In today’s letter, Cummings and Rouda asked Wheeler to inform the Committee by April 30, 2019, whether he “intends to comply with this request voluntarily or whether compulsory means will be necessary.”
Click here to read today’s letter.