White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump earned at least $36.2 million in outside income last year. Even though the couple work inside the administration, the continue to reap huge paydays from businesses they owned before their time in Washington. The Washington Post writes;
“Like his father-in-law, who refused to sell his private company when he entered the White House, Kushner has retained partial ownership of his family-run real estate business, Kushner Companies. While he relinquished day-to-day control of the company, the arrangement has drawn criticism from government ethics experts, who say it opens the doors to conflicts of interest and possible influence from foreign entities.”
As for Ivanka Trump, the Post writes:
“Ivanka Trump initially held onto her namesake clothing and jewelry brand when she joined the administration, but shut it down in July 2018 amid a political backlash that led several national retailers to drop her line.
“Her income from the brand has declined by millions since 2018, when she reported earning between $1 million and $5 million from the company. In 2019, she earned between $100,001 and $1 million in rent or royalties, according to the new disclosures.“
In addition, Ivanka Trump made $3.9 million from the Trump Hotel in Washington.
Read the full report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington here.