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Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter–two former White House ethics lawyers who have been explaining Trump’s violations in real time since the election.

Richard W. Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007. Norm Eisen played the same role for Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. Both are involved with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit founded in 2003. CREW is the entity that filed suit against Trump the first instant they could for contravening the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Both men have spoken out, consistently and speedily, on the many and varied ethics violations accrued by Trump since November 8, 2016. Both have since become active on Twitter (Eisen already was; Painter brought himself up to speed).

Following their feeds will by turns outrage you and keep you sane, in that you will see professional ethicists confirm that what Trump just did was indeed wrong and worth being angry about.

Follow Richard W. Painter on Twitter:


Follow Norm Eisen on Twitter:


And heck, follow CREW on Twitter too:


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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:


Follow Shaub on Twitter:



Learn about the Campaign Legal Center:


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:



Send an email:


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.