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Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides

A left-leaning advocacy group has announced it will create a list tracking former Trump administration officials’ future endeavors.

The Campaign Against Corporate Complicity has committed to tracking former administration personnel since fall 2020, but said the initiative has gained steam in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to Bloomberg.

The group is a collaboration between public interest organizations Accountable.US and American Oversight. While the group has labeled itself as nonpartisan, it does not officially disclose its funding and has major staffing overlap with Democratic and liberal groups, according to the news outlet.

The organization will specifically track several Trump administration officials associated with Trump’s immigration policies, including former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former top Trump adviser Stephen Miller. It will also monitor onetime counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

“As people leave government, we expect them to show up on the doorsteps of corporate America,” American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers told Bloomberg.

In a statement Tuesday officially announcing the initiative, Evers and Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig called on major corporations’ CEOs not to hire the officials in question.

“The people who companies hire reflect their corporate values. If companies hire senior level officials that engaged in Trump’s attempts to undermine and violate the rule of law, they are complicit in the cruel, undemocratic, and dangerous policies and rhetoric of his administration,” Herrig said in a statement.

In the statement, the group said it would specifically apply pressure to CEOs of major media organizations, publishers and public speaking firms.

“Government service does not guarantee private employment. In fact, it should not. And American business should not reward the behavior of the Trump administration with the well-oiled revolving door that traditionally spins at moments of transition,” the organization said in a statement.

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