No GoFundMe Campaigns For Shutdown Employees, Says Federal Ethics Office

From: Boisie State Public Radio

“During the five-week partial shutdown, thousands of federal employees took to GoFundMe or other online platforms to fundraise for groceries, day care costs or mortgage payments. According to the memo, that’s a no-no. “GoFundMe opens up to anyone,” says Jeff Ruch with the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “You could have a government contract employee, coworker, a subordinate give a contribution. From an ethics point of view it’s inherently troublesome, but on the other hand it’s not clear how the agency would police that.”

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