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Former Interior secretary and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closed his congressional campaign account and given nearly all of the fundraising cash that was left to a charitable foundation he started and his wife now runs.

Congressman Ryan Zinke testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17.
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Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with the chairman of an energy services company that does business with the agency.

A foundation created by Zinke has been dealing with a company co-owned by Halliburton Chairman David Lesar on a commercial development in Whitefish, Montana — Zinke's hometown.

Land Deal Ties Interior Secretary's Family, Halliburton Boss

Jun 19, 2018
Ryan Zinke.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's family is involved in a land deal in his Montana hometown with the head of an energy services giant that does business with the Interior Department, according to records and interviews Tuesday.

The Zinkes' dealings with Halliburton chairman David Lesar, which were first reported by Politico, raise questions of the appearance of a conflict of interest between Zinke and Halliburton, critics said.