A gay California lawmaker doesn’t want the Trump family to profit from state agencies.
Evan Low, a Democratic state assemblyman, has introduced a bill that would prohibit state employees from spending money at Trump hotels while traveling for work.
“Public officials, at any level, should not profit off the constituents that they were elected to serve and represent,” Low said in a statement. “No branch of government is above the Constitution, and this legislation will ensure that California taxpayers are not further exploited by Donald Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause.”
The bill cites the Domestic Emolument Clause (Article II, Section 1, Clause 7) which prohibits the President from receiving any compensation from federal or state governments other than their salary. President Donald Trump has reportedly made millions of dollars from his hotel properties since taking office.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reported last August on Trump’s unprecedented conflicts of interest. The list includes 630 visits to Trump properties by 250 administration officials, 188 visits to Trump properties by 90 members of Congress, and 64 trips to Trump properties by 47 state officials.
Additionally, political groups have hosted 63 events and spent nearly $6 million at Trump properties, further boosting the President’s personal businesses.
Low, 36, represents a Silicon Valley district in the California assembly. He recently served as national campaign co-chair for the Andrew Yang for President campaign. Yang, a tech entrepreneur, dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.