EXCLUSIVE: Ethics watchdog says Biden still using Trump-era practice of attaching his name to government benefits

EXCLUSIVE: Ethics watchdog says Biden still using Trump-era practice of attaching his name to government benefits


An ethics watchdog group is concerned the Biden administration continues to notify recipients of new federal financial benefits with personalized letters bearing President Joe Biden’s signature.

The practice appears to have been inherited from Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump, whom critics say put his name on coronavirus aid checks as taxpayer-funded political tools heading into the 2020 general election.

“While Trump exacerbated the issue with his insistence that checks bear his signature, potentially delaying them going out with a scheme to get around the law, the trend of presidents sending self-serving signed letters at taxpayer expense is concerning no matter who is president,” Jenna Grande, press secretary for the center-left watchdog group Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told the Washington Examiner. “If Biden wants to improve the ethics of the presidency, he should end this tactic.”

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