According to a new report by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos earned at least $225 million in outside income during her time in the Trump administration.
CREW says that the full amount in outside earnings from dividends, interest, and rent during her time in the administration could “potentially be well over $414 million,” based on its analysis of three financial disclosures belonging to DeVos.
“It is impossible to know the exact amount because DeVos’s income is reported in broad ranges, but we do know for a fact that she made nine figures during her four years in office,” CREW wrote in its report, which was published on Monday.
“Many assets she reported are simply listed as ‘over $5 million or over $1 million. The report adds.
CREW goes on to explain that it is difficult to ascertain DeVos’ exact income because she recorded such broad ranges. Several of her assets are listed as “over $5 million” or “over $1 million” rather than the exact figures.
The big picture: DeVos’ family owns the marketing firm Amway and she was the richest member of former President Trump’s Cabinet. She pledged to donate her salary to charity during her time in the administration.
“She maintained a stake in Neurocore, a brain performance company targeting children, and failed to recuse from matters related to the company despite the potential for conflicts of interest,” CREW wrote.
“She pledged that her husband would stop making political donations for the duration of her tenure, but he continued to donate throughout the 2018 and 2020 election cycles,” CREW’s report also shows.
Back on National Women’s Day on March 8, President Joe Biden took the opportunity to begin rolling back some of the damage done to women and women’s rights by Donald Trump and his administration.
Biden celebrated the day by signing an executive order establishing a White House Gender Policy Council after Trump had eliminated the Obama-era White House Council on Women and Girls.
The name-change by the Biden administration seeks to include transgender people, according to The Washington Post. An anonymous official said that “there will be a focus on women and girls, but the choice of the name of the council is really intentional.”
The administration will also seek to undo much of what Trump’s Education Security, Betsy DeVos, did during her tenure.
Devos expanded protections for individuals accused of sexual assault or harassment on campuses across the country, including giving them the right to cross-examine their victims personally.
Devos also tightened up the definition of sexual misconduct to include “unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity,” “school employee conditioning education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct,” or “sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.”
DeVos’ policies made sure that victims of sexual harassment or assault could hope for action from a college or university only if the results were severe enough that it would scar her for life.
According to the Post, Biden’s EO is effectively “directing the Education Department to evaluate whether the DeVos regulation is ‘consistent with the policies’ of the Biden administration, administration officials said Sunday,” and calling for a broad review of department policies to ensure they meet the administration policy to “guarantee education free from sexual violence.”