One day after Donald Trump sent a tweet urging his followers to “Buy L.L. Bean,” the Office of Government Ethics published an online “refresher” outlining the rules on endorsements that elected officials are expected to follow.
The Friday post on the OGE’s site noted that government employees are prohibited from using their office for the private gain of “friends, relatives, or persons with whom they are affiliated in a non-government capacity,” as well as from “endorsing any product, service or company.”
Trump had expressed support for the retailer after the Associated Press revealed that the founder’s granddaughter, Linda Bean, exceeded the Federal Election Commission’s allowable limit by donating $60,000 to the pro-Trump Make America Great Again PAC.
Some called for a boycott of L.L. Bean after the story came out, prompting Trump to send a tweet thanking Bean for her “courage” and telling his supporters to purchase the company’s products. Read full post here