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Jake Pearson

Staff Writer

Jake Pearson is covering the business interests of Trump Administration officials, including post-election business ventures pursued by the president's children and family company. His past investigative work has ranged from uncovering fraudulent business practices of a prominent political donor to exposing abuse and mismanagement inside New York City's jails. He previously worked for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and The Associated Press.
Jake Pearson is covering the business interests of Trump Administration officials, including post-election business ventures pursued by the president's children and family company. His past investigative work has ranged from uncovering fraudulent business practices of a prominent political donor to exposing abuse and mismanagement inside New York City's jails. He previously worked for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and The Associated Press.
Oversight

Top FEC Official’s Undisclosed Ties to Trump Raise Concerns Over Agency Neutrality

A top Federal Election Commission official, whose division regulates campaign cash, has shown support for President Trump and has close ties to his 2016 campaign attorney, Don McGahn. Experts said the actions raise questions about impartiality.

Oversight

Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica.

Defense

Hidden in the New House Coronavirus Relief Bill: Billions for Defense Contractors

A section of the HEROES Act championed by Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly would cover executive compensation and other perks for defense and intel contractors. The legislation’s wording mirrors what an industry group proposed.

Oversight

Another Private Jet Company Owned by a Trump Donor Got a Bailout — This One for $20 Million

The two private jet companies are among the first 96 airline companies disclosed as recipients of taxpayer funds under the CARES Act.