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January 11, 2019

The Office of Government Ethics may have some beef with Andrew Wheeler.

The acting Environmental Protection Agency chief receives more free burgers each month than any healthy person should eat. Check out this bite of a financial disclosure form, which the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington spotted and the Center for Responsive Politics' Anna Massoglia shared.

Executive branch officials have to disclose their financial interests to the ethics office. It helps prevent conflicts of interest, and also answered why Wheeler "promoted Lucky Buns so much on his personal Twitter" even after he joined the EPA, Mother Jones' Rebecca Leber says. Lucky Buns later hopped in to say Wheeler "helped us get off the ground two years ago as an investor," and they offer free burgers "to all our investors."

The meat in $2,000 worth of burgers certainly isn't good for the environment the EPA is trying to protect. Then again, the coal industry Wheeler spent several years lobbying for is probably worse. Kathryn Krawczyk

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