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Watchdog Group: Biden Official Advancing Goals of Former Employer Inside Admin

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Nada Culver, deputy director of policy and programs at the Bureau of Land Management, is under scrutiny for allegedly using her position in the Biden administration to further her former employer’s goals.

Culver and her department are trying to ban drilling in Alaska, one of the key objectives of the National Audubon Society. Culver had a leading role in the environmental organization prior to joining the Biden administration.

Watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust released a statement on Monday calling for the Department of the Interior to investigate the possible ethics violation.

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“Prior to joining Interior, Culver was Vice President of Public Lands and Senior Policy Counsel at the National Audubon Society, a $500 million national special interest organization,” the statement said.

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“During her tenure, the National Audubon Society petitioned [the Bureau of Land Management] to halt progress on [public land orders] signed by then-Secretary David Bernhardt.”

“Upon arriving at BLM, Culver quickly advanced the very actions sought by her former employer.

“Absent a waiver from Department ethics officials, this would appear to violate federal ethics laws as well as the Biden Ethics Pledge, which bars political appointees from participating in particular matters related to their former employers and clients.”

“Ms. Culver’s participation in a matter in which her former employer was involved raises serious questions,” Protect the Public’s Trust director Michael Chamberlain said.

“The American public deserves to be assured political appointees are carrying out their duties in an ethical, impartial manner without favoritism to previous employers or these large special interest groups,” he added.

“If a high-ranking official like Culver can come in and, as one of her first actions, do her former employer’s bidding, it’s hard for the American public to understand exactly what purpose the impartiality regulations or the Biden Ethics Pledge serve.”

While Culver was serving as a vice president of the National Audubon Society, the group led the charge against former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s plan to utilize public land in Alaska.

Now that she is a federal official, she was able to delay Bernhardt’s plan by two years, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Culver isn’t the first Biden administration official to face backlash over a possible conflict of interest.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm came under fire for promoting Proterra, an electric vehicle company in which she held a large financial stake and at which she once sat on the board of directors.

Whether or not one agrees with Culver’s stance on drilling, the concerns highlighted by Protect the Public’s Trust certainly have merit.

That Culver is using her new government position to meet the demands of her former employer is shady at best.

The Department of Interior should definitely look into the claims made against her. It is crucial to ensure that bureaucrats and politicians are working for the people, not their own personal agenda.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Sheriff's Helicopter Swoops In on People Trapped by Floodwaters, Camera Catches Daring Rescue in First-Person View

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As floodwaters deluged parts of Arizona, a daring helicopter rescue Friday plucked two people from a mobile home that was caught in fast-moving water. Monsoons struck Arizona last week, triggering severe flooding. Drivers who tried to make their way across flooded roads, despite advice to avoid driving, often became stranded. Floodwaters rushed through streets in Flagstaff, Arizona after storms brought heavy rainfall. Weather warnings have been issued to locals residents to warn of more flooding and heavy downpour. pic.twitter.com/X8lHGS8yEK — Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 19, 2021 On Friday, Daisy Mountain Fire and Rescue received a report of a mobile home that was caught in the flooding in New River. The water was too high for any ground units to reach those trapped inside. Authorities reported that water was pouring through the windows of the mobile home, and officials were afraid it would tip over, according to KNXV-TV. That left one option — an air rescue. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew to the partially submerged vehicle. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, which dramatically shows the extent of the waters rampaging through New River’s streets, the helicopter closes in on a vehicle with two people sitting on it, only a few feet from the rapidly rising water. We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle got stuck in a wash. pic.twitter.com/tO3TL12tPw — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) July 24, 2021 “We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle…

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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