Here’s a tale of two agencies. The Trump appointee leading @US_OSC, Henry Kerner, was a partisan bulldog for republican members of Congress. He refuses to speak publicly about the bad ethical culture of the White House—except to DEFEND a Hatch Act violation in the Rose Garden. /1
As a result, White House staffers covered by the Hatch Act are tweeting about Trump’s remarks at a campaign rally. Sure @US_OSC recommended Kellyanne Conway’s firing, but she left them no choice. And Kerner reuses to seek monetary fines against her. /2
The WH counsel said Kerner only went after her because she defied his authority personally. I’m not entirely sure that’s untrue. And what the public doesn’t know is that, under Kerner, @US_OSC is rejecting many other slam dunk Hatch Act complaints against Trump appointees. /3
Meanwhile, Kerner has @US_OSC going vigorously after career-level Feds, who are more likely to support Biden. He also said they can be fired for Tweeting “resist” on a lunch break, though his agency has said Tea Party activity while ON DUTY is fine. /4
Kerner insists his role is only that of investigator. He fails to see that @US_OSC should assume a leadership role when it comes to Hatch Act and whistleblower protection violations. The result has been m the unchallenged collapse of Hatch Act compliance by Trump appointees. /5
Now let’s contrast @US_OSC with @OfficeGovEthics. Under the leadership of a Trump-appointed acting Director and a Trump-appointee Director, OGE has spoken out about ethics violations. It announced it would not certify the financial disclosures of Pruitt, Mnuchin and Ross. /6
It publicly announced that it referred Donald Trump to the Justice Dept for omitting a debt for the Stormy Daniels hush money payment. It has issued statements about the need for a stronger ethical culture. In other words, it has taken a leadership role @US_OSC fails to take. /7
Has @OfficeGovEthics succeeded in making this administration ethical? No. Not by a mile. If it had the power to do that I would have stayed another 6 months until the end of my term. But it is not going-along-to-get-along the way @US_OSC is. OGE has put down a marker in time. /8
OGE has treated career officials the same as political appointees—something @US_OSC under Kerner cannot claim it has done. And there have been some victories. The available evidence seems to indicate OGE forced Louis DeJoy to divest his XPO stock this week. That is something. /9
When people who study government look back at his time, @OfficeGovEthics Director Emory Rounds will be a case study in making the best of too little power, and @US_OSC’s Henry Kerner will be a case study in a failure of management and a failure of nerve. Take note, America. /10

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18 Oct
Donations to campaigns, PACs and Super PACs are legalized bribery that keep the rich and powerful in control. This stuff is poison for democracy. Any serious talk of protecting democracy has to include paradigm-shifting campaign finance reform.
My dream would be a constitutional amendment that allowed enough donations to enable a challenger to take on an incumbent by banning corporations and other entities donating, banning indirect support by PACs etc, capped individuals at $500 adjusted for inflation, + public funding
I’m not sure if $500 is too much. But you want to seek a balance between leveling the playing field and giving a challenger a chance to raise enough to beat an incumbent (who has name recognition). Public funding could help. Equal airtime on news TV could help.
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You personally didn’t ignore Trump when you ordered your prosecutors to stop refusing to kidnap babies, you human rights violating child destroyer! You didn’t ignore Trump when you cried that he should let you “land this plane” or begged not to be tweet fired, you invertebrate./2
You personally failed to ignore Trump and even went so far as to become an active co-conspirator when you drafted a fraudulent federal record to deceive the America people into thinking you initiated Comey’s firing, you unfit for public service reprobate. /3
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Evil is real. I don't perceive it as a supernatural force. I perceive it as something broken in a person that leads them to harm others through action or indifference. What these broken politicians are doing is evil. Destroying families and torturing children is evil. /2
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Freed from those laws, he crafted an arrangement to create the appreance of having resolved his conflicts of interest—when the reality is that the Office of Government Ethics would NEVER approve such an arrangement for a government official. /2
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Make this weekend about action. We have a republic to save. Here’s what to do:
1. Retweet this post with the hashtag #I_Pledge.
2. Retweet information about how to check on voter registration and how to vote early or by mail in your state.
3. Post only encouraging tweets about the value of action to save democracy this weekend.
4. Post about the importance of voting.
5. Contact a young, elderly or other relative, friend or neighbor. Offer to help them make a plan for voting for for getting to a polling site.
6. Donate $5 to a Senate candidate.
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And ODNI (spinning intelligence), DHS (downplaying rightwing militia these and participating in the RNC) and CDC (pandemic disinformation) and FDA (drug approval and vaccine recklessness) and BOP (unmarked police) and FBI (McCabe firing irregularities and God knows what else)
and OSC (blessing the White House RNC corruption) and Census Bureau (sabotaging the census) and USPS (sabotaging the election) and DOD (retaliating against Vindman and participating in the Lafayette Square photo op/gassing)
And State (participating in the RNC and spreading propaganda) and Treasury (helping shove DeJoy into the USPS role and using bailout fund loan terms to seize more control of USPS, and maybe giving funds to Trump allies). [typo: that should say “militia threats” in the 1st tweet]
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