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Land Deal Ties Interior Secretary’s Family, Halliburton Boss

Head of energy services giant that Interior conducts business with backing development

HELENA — Records show U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s family is involved in a land deal with the head of an energy services giant that does business with the Interior Department.

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

A 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 to create a park.

Whitefish city planner Dave Taylor said Tuesday that the development plans pre-date Zinke’s tenure as Interior secretary.

Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift didn’t have immediate comment. Zinke told Politico that he’s no longer involved with the foundation.

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