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UPDATE: Tell Walter Shaub, Head of the Office of Government Ethics, That He Is Awesome BEFORE JULY 19 2017

UPDATE: In early July 2017, Shaub announced that he would resign as director of the Office of Government Ethics. His last day is July 19, 2017. He leaves his post before his term would have ended in January 2018.

Shaub has taken a job with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which focuses on election law.

A story on the NPR website quotes him as saying, “the current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is. At the Campaign Legal Center, I’ll have more freedom to push for reform. I’ll also be broadening my focus to include ethics issues at all levels of government.”

We at OTYCD are grateful for Shaub’s service and we’re doubling down on the need to tell him, early and often, that he is awesome. We need more people like Walter Shaub keeping an eye on the government and taking it to task.

Read stories about Shaub’s resignation:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/06/535781749/ethics-office-director-walter-shaub-resigns-saying-rules-need-to-be-tougher

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/government-ethics-director-who-prodded-trump-resigns/2017/07/06/13ec784e-6270-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html?utm_term=.efac275121b8

http://www.theroot.com/trump-administration-s-biggest-critic-in-the-office-of-1796701505

 

Follow Shaub on Twitter:

@waltshaub

 

Learn about the Campaign Legal Center:

http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/

 

Original text of this post follows.

Tell Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, that he is awesome. 

Heading the Office of Government Ethics, in any administration, is pretty damn thankless. Your job is to tell people they can’t do something they want to do because it’s against the rules. You are, in essence, a professional speed bump.

Well, under this Republican administration, we’re all finding out how important rules are. Seems we only miss them when we have a rabid orangutan in the office of the president breaking them left and right, seemingly for sport.

Shaub has taken more than his share of crap since Trump was elected. He called out Trump’s bad behavior and got called on the carpet by Jason Chaffetz, the Republican house rep from Utah who heads the house’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee. You read that right–Chaffetz thinks it’s a better use of his time to chew Shaub out for doing his job rather than, you know, having his Congressional committee investigate Trump’s many and legion shenanigans.

 

In the past, OTYCD asked you to call your MoCs and stand up for Shaub. Today we’re asking you to speak directly to Shaub and thank him and his colleagues for being there. We should be thankful that the OGE a) exists and b) is not a joke. Shaub and his team are used to doing their duty in silence, with the occasional raft of complaints flung their way. Let’s change that.

 

 

Call the OGE to voice your support for Shaub and his team:

202.482.9300

 

Send an email:

ContactOGE@oge.gov

 

Send a postcard:

U.S. Office of Government Ethics

1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500

Washington D.C. 20005

 

Image of Shaub is via Wikipedia.