Politico: Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds

Darren Samuelsohn
Sep 13, 2017
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The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds.

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In an interview, Shaub said that given the political environment he anticipated questions about the rules surrounding legal defense funds would be front and center — no matter who won the White House.

“I was worried they’d read the [1993] opinion and think it’s valid,” he said of the guidance that allowed for anonymous donations from lobbyists.

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“It’s very depressing,” Shaub said. “It’s unseemly for the ethics office to be doing something sneaky like that.”

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