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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao designated one of her staffers to direct $78 million in federal grants specifically to transportation projects in her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, Politico reported Monday.
Politico reported that Chao’s chief of staff Todd Inman, who has strong ties to Kentucky, played a critical role in getting an $11.5 million grant and a $67 million grant approved.

Chao’s reported diversion of federal grant money to her husband’s home states alarmed ethics experts, who said the arrangement could represent a troubling conflict of interest.

Over the past few weeks, Chao has come under scrutiny for other ethics concerns.
According to a June 2 report in the New York Times, Chao attempted to arrange for members of her family to travel and attend official meetings with her on a planned 2017 official visit to China, which was eventually canceled.
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US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao designated one of her staffers to direct $78 million in federal grants specifically to transportation projects in her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, according to a Monday report in Politico.

Politico reported that Chao assigned …read more


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