Report: Bush White House Committed Gross Violations of Hatch Act

The Office of Special Counsel has found gross and knowing violation of the Hatch Act by the Bush White House and specifically its Office of Political Affairs. The OSC Report found that the Bush White House allowed the office to directly support Republican congressional candidates and even allowed the Republican National Committee to work out of the White House. The violations were found to be a “gross abuse of the public trust.”

What is striking about the report is that there could be no serious question that these violations were knowingly committed. The Hatch Act bars the use of federal employees and resources in political activities.

The OSC found “OPA employees, particularly during the 2006 midterm election season, methodically coordinated administration support to aid the campaigns of Republican candidates.” Once again, despite clear violations of federal law by Bush officials, there is only belated action and no one is held accountable. People like Karl Rove and Kenneth Mehlmann simply went on with their careers — uninhibited by such violations. Just one more yawn from folks in the Beltway.

Source: CNN

Jonathan Turley

46 thoughts on “Report: Bush White House Committed Gross Violations of Hatch Act”

  1. I am Jill. I could never be confused with the other Jill. I am always right and never look to the left. However, I do think that Dick Cheney was mistaken. He is a real business intellect. I think that his policy’s should have all be adopted by Bush and we would not have the problems that we have today. I do not want anyone to confuse this Jill for that Jill. I am Jill Chavez. Long live the government.

  2. RE: Friend of W, January 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I have know George for years. Why do you people always say things behind his back. If you are person enough you’d write him yourself. But no you are all chickenshits, cowards. Until you have the balls to do that, then say nothing.

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    I find it unfair, if you include me as among those who do not write directly to the President. I wrote by email to the White House, while George W. Bush was President, and received back no response.

    I walked into the FBI field office in Omaha, Nebraska during August of 2007 and spoke with an FBI agent about my work and its relevance to public safety. I was not arrested for giving the FIB false information (a serious federal crime, methinks) nor was what I said regarded as of any apparent value.

    Having walked into and out of the FBI Omaha field office, I decided to see what would happen if I took a slightly longer route back home, and stopped at Carleton College, walked into the office of the Carleton President, talked about my drowning incident of March 15, 1960, asked if Carleton had any useful information available in the college records, ans soon found myself being escorted off the Carleton campus by two security people.

    I just might happen to not be a “chickenshit coward,” whatever one of those might happen to be, if such can ever actually exist.

    And I never say or do anything “behind another person’s back.” That is why I am not anonymous here. That is why I described, as best my committee would allow, my sojourn through a sequence of iatrogenic blunder-driven psychiatric hospitalizations, doing so neither proud nor ashamed of that aspect of my life.

    As for that “balls” thing, I had “the balls” to undergo a bilateral orchiectomy to avoid the sort of testosterone-driven cancer death that I find nearly killed my dad when he was fifty.

    Courtesy of modern medical care, my “carbon polymer based” balls were replaced with “silicon polymer based” balls, which have three formidable advantages for me in my life now. First, I remain alive and not dead from cancer. Second, some fertile woman, Lord, forbid, forcibly rapes me and I am biologically invulnerable to a valid paternity suit. Third, kick me there and it don’t much hurt.

    Silicone being rather invulnerable to biological decomposition, methinks my balls will outlast yours. Now who has the balls and who doesn’t”

    Do the balls done be in your Court, now? Or elsewhere?

    People do what their total life circumstances both allow and require them to do. Everyone, you, me, and everyone else.

    So I understand. Please prove me wrong, not wrong through superstitious traditions lingering from pre-history, but scientifically wrong according to the latest and greatest of all possible truly scientific understanding.

    President Bush (I and II?) did as was possible to do, neither more not less. Assign to the President responsibility for the situation the President is elected into, and naught but abuse may be the result.

  3. Jill Chavez is a different person than I am. I don’t believe our writing styles have anything in common, but I would like to head off confusion which may arise in the future.

  4. Friend of W,
    Send W over here and I will be happy to let him know to his face that he is a felonious torturer and a mass murderer and should be doing time behind bars. And that goes double for his friend, Dick.

  5. I understand now. I have been wrong. The left is not always right. The right, well is not always wrong. It works well when one person is in control and that should be what I say. I am Jill.

  6. Mike S. and Wootsy,

    I think you both make important points. Mike S. speaks to the amount of propaganda which is thrown our way. I agree. To defend ourselves against this is difficult, and relating to Wootsy’s point, we do not have access to an honest press. So Wootsy is correct to say that people have been protesting, yet these protests are uncovered and kept from our view. I have found finding actual news and analysis gets more difficult with each passing year.

    It makes sense to understand that we swim in propaganda. Therefore, when we hear politicians, read articles, watch the newz, etc. we need to adopt the USSR people’s old attitude towards “Pravda”. Understanding as many of the mechanism of manipulation as possible is important. We will definitely need new forms of peaceful protest and a new use of media so people who do oppose the oligarchy have a voice in the society.

  7. I have know George for years. Why do you people always say things behind his back. If you are person enough you’d write him yourself. But no you are all chickenshits, cowards. Until you have the balls to do that, then say nothing.

  8. “Clearly someone is not doing his job, and before throwing the stone I’d like to be sure who.”

    It, I think, is not just 1 person nor is it the blase collective never accountable gollum of ‘everyman’. There is a place between the 2 that is lost in the equation when the acceptable norm is ‘whatever you can get away with’ and justify it with ‘I must turn the other cheek-for anyone, all the time, indiscriminately’. There is common ground that is not polarized….but that is ALWAYS lost when laws are bent to the use of 1 at the expense of the other or the ‘people’ are used as nothing more than a voiceless trough from which to feed.

  9. mespo:

    ““In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    ~Martin Luther King”

    Don’t know how to type a thumbs up but for that you would get (10).

  10. “Once again, despite clear violations of federal law by Bush officials, there is only belated action and no one is held accountable.”

    I’ve read this many times, and on this very blog more often than none. But despite being well aware than actions are more meaningful than complaints, I must say I have no idea what should be done about it. Who as the power to hold the Bush administration accountable? Would it be the Obama administration? Would a judge be sufficient? or a lawyer? a citizen even? Clearly someone is not doing his job, and before throwing the stone I’d like to be sure who.

  11. Gyges:

    “So, once more with feeling: the current administration’s sin is not enforcing the law.”

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    Good words, I’ve heard before:

    “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    ~Martin Luther King

  12. Buckeye,

    When someone blames the Obama administration for bailing out the banks, I correct them. If somebody said “Well, Obama committed gross violations of the Hatch Act,” I’d ask for proof. However, it’s entirely appropriate to blame the current people in charge for not holding the prior administration legally responsible for its actions.

    So, once more with feeling: the current administration’s sin is not enforcing the law. Inherent in that statement is the fact that I believe those in power during the Bush years are the ones who should be covered with the sludge that was accumulated then.

  13. Gyges

    From the article:

    “Although rare, criminal charges involving such violations are allowable. But Sheth said he was unaware of any plans to forward the allegations to the Justice Department for further investigation.”

    Is it DOJ’s job to investigate before the information is forwarded to them?

    Don’t you get tired of this administration being tarred with the last administration’s sludge on absolutely everything? This administration has enough to answer for without Bush’s blunders being piled on.

  14. The question which I asked Brian and he answered on the Judge Thomas thread I think applys here as well:

    “Brian:

    I’m going to substitute one word in your last statement,tell me what you think.

    “Methinks the problem is not with people, it is with the structure of society, which has become** corrupt** beyond human comprehension.”

  15. Buckeye,

    No, the Bush administration’s sin is breaking the law the current administration’s sin is not enforcing the law.

  16. How did I know that the Bush Whitehouse campaign errors would become the present administration’s sin? Just prescient, I guess. Not one, no not one (well maybe one) left to flagellate us with our indifference. Oh, the humanity. Oh, for respite.

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