AAF FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST USAID NOMINEE SAMANTHA POWER
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Accountability Foundation (AAF) filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics urging an investigation into the Nominee Report of Samantha Power, Administrator for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to determine whether she knowingly falsified information and undervalued her financial interest in her initial Nominee Report.
“As the head of a government agency, Administrator Power is expected to be above reproach and demonstrate the highest standard of ethics,” Matt Buckham, Co-Founder of American Accountability said. “This is not a simple discrepancy, but a significant increase that calls her integrity, honesty and even appointment into question.”
Administrator Power initially filed her Nominee Report on January 16, 2021, and reported a value for her partnership interest with The Social+Capital Partnership between $50,000 and $100,000. Less than six months later, she reported a sale of that interest valued at between $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 – at least a 10-fold increase in value.
Power was confirmed as USAID Administrator on April 28, 2021. A month later, she received a Certificate of Divestiture for the sale of her stake in The Social+Capital Partnership as a partner. Later, the discrepancy was made public when she filed a Periodic Transaction Report in July, which confirmed her divestment of her portion and showed she sold her stake for between the amount of $1,000,001 and $5,000,000.
The Washington Free Beacon covered the story here.