The liberal mainstream media are attacking President Donald Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway for violating the Hatch Act.
The Washington Post posted The White House’s shameless statement on Kellyanne Conway’s Hatch Act violations.
US News & World Report posted Trump’s Carnival of Corruption.
Chances are, the mainstream media will continue to hound Conway until she is disciplined per the means established by the Hatch Act.
It’s frustrating that the same media said nothing when two of Barack Obama’s Cabinet members violated the Hatch Act and both were never held to the disciplinary measures established by the Hatch Act.
So, what is the Hatch Act and who among Obama’s Cabinet violated the Hatch Act and got away with it?
In 1939, the Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities was passed by Congress and became federal law. The act prohibits federal employees from being involved or holding membership in any political organization which advocates the overthrow of the constitutional form of government.
The main aspect of the Act, later called the Hatch Act after New Mexico Senator Carl Hatch, is to prohibit federal civil servant employees in the executive branch from taking part in partisan political activity. It also forbids them from participating in political campaign activities and from intimidating or bribing voters. They are also not allowed to use public funds for political campaign purposes.
In February 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, then Secretary of Health and Human services, attended a taxpayer funded campaign event in North Carolina. While participating in the event, Sebelius publicly endorsed Obama’s bid for re-election along with Walter Dalton’s bid for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, (OSC), Sebelius violated the Hatch Act on more than one account.
President Obama was informed by Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner that Secretary Sebelius:
“Violated the Hatch Act by making extemporaneous political remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity.”
After the official notification to Obama, Sebelius reimbursed the US government for all costs and travel expenses that involved her trip to this event. Once the reimbursement was made, the Office of Special Counsel reclassified her trip from official to personal and political but make note that at the time she made the public political endorsement, it was done in an official capacity which was a violation of the Hatch Act.
In October 2012, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, appeared at a campaign event being held for Barack Obama in Montrose County, Colorado.
At the event, he was introduced as Secretary of the Interior before he told the audience:
“I am here to represent Barack Obama and to tell you he needs Montrose County this November. The truth is Colorado is right in the spotlight of the nation and the world in this election.”
A former associate counsel to President George Bush, Scott Coffina commented on Salazar’s violation, telling The Daily Caller:
“The violation is the use of his title in a political setting. You’re not allowed to use your official title or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”
“Technically they would both be subject to termination for what are very different violations, because the way the law is set up, the presumptive penalty is termination. I’m not saying that’s fair, but that’s the law.”
Did you ever see any of the media listed above post anything about Sebelius or Salazar violating the Hatch Act? I only heard through conservative media sources. This is another example of how biased the mainstream media is. They have regularly been silent when Obama and his administration violated law after law after law, but they will readily run to the tallest tower in town to shout out to everyone about the slightest allegation of an infraction committed by any member of the Trump administration.