Report: George W. Bush aides violated Hatch Act

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To quote a tweet from Marcy Wheeler (Emptywheel), "Official report on Bush WH political offc finds widespread legal violations during 2006 campaign."

What Marcy is saying is, BushCo aides illegally worked to push GOP candidates.

Do tell:

During the 2006 midterm elections, White House political aides to President George W. Bush engaged in widespread violations of a federal law which limits partisan political activity by government employees, a long-running federal investigation has found.

A 118-page report issued Monday by the little-known Office of Special Counsel cites numerous violations of the Hatch Act by staffers in the White House Office of Political Affairs. The report concludes that federal taxpayers footed the bill for improper activities that were intended to advance Republican political candidates. [...]

"...U.S. Treasury funds were unlawfully used to finance efforts to pursue Republican victories at the polls in 2006." [...]

The inquiry found that many of the trips that had been designated as official business and billed to the Treasury were primarily political and part of a White House-directed effort called the “final push.

Oops.

Of course, this comes as no surprise, except for the part about there having been an actual investigation of BushCo.

If the Obama administration decides, just this once, to look back instead of forwards, then this next sentence will make many of our readers' day:

Violations of the Hatch Act can result in criminal charges.

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  • the duck of earl

    Looking back would require the Bummer Admin to violate St. Ronnie's commandment of speaking ill of a fellow Republican.

  • http://www.vagabondscholar.blogspot.com Batocchio

    They didn't on torture, and I'd be a bit surprised if they prosecuted anyone on this. If the Obama administration actually enforced the law, they'd have to investigate and prosecute a huge portion of the Bush administration. I'd also be surprised if many Beltway Villagers talked about this much. If they do, they'll say "both sides do it!"

  • Algionfreddo

    I think that the meme goes "we have to look forward, not back"......I hope bank robbers don't start to use that defense!

  • http://twitter.com/ieatgravel ieatgravel

    I'm not holding my breath for any indictments.