Zinke foundation in Montana land deal with Halliburton head

June 19, 2018 - 1:18 pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's family is involved in a land deal with the head of an energy services giant that has business with the Interior Department.

Politico first reported the Zinkes' dealings with Halliburton chairman David Lesar for a planned commercial development in Zinke's hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

The charitable foundation created by Zinke and run by his wife, Lola, is allowing a company co-owned by Lesar and his family to use a portion of its land as a parking lot for the development.

The land was donated to Zinke's Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation 10 years ago to create a park, but the land is largely untouched.

Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift did not have immediate comment on Tuesday. Zinke told Politico that he is no longer involved with the foundation.

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