The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has altered a policy that once prevented staff members with legal defense funds from receiving donations from lobbyists.
Politico reported on Wednesday that the OGE has changed the policy, which means White House staff members with defense funds can now receive donations that were once forbidden.
The recent reversal goes back to an office guidance during the administration of Bill Clinton, which ultimately urged lawyers to avoid donations from lobbyists after initially saying such donations were allowed.
Walter Shaub, the former director of the OGE who quit in July, told the news outlet that in May he instructed his office to add a line above the guidance to demonstrate that the OGE follows a different policy than what is outlined in the 1993 rule.
After Politico published the story, the White House lied and denied the assertion that it is changing the OGE policy.
“This is another example of Walter Shaub — who has no direct knowledge of anything the White House is doing or assisting with — trying to make himself feel relevant,” a spokeswoman for the White House, Lindsay Walters, told the news outlet.
In a tweet after the story was published, Shaub said he was nauseated by the story.
“This story disgusts me. I was hoping it was a technical website glitch,” Shaub wrote. “But the acting Director doesn’t feel you deserve any answer, America.”
This story disgusts me. I was hoping it was a technical website glitch. But the acting Director doesn’t feel you deserve any answer, America https://t.co/qVpJXx1ziW
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 14, 2017