Top Biden Administration Official Accused of Violating the Hatch Act in Official Complaint


One of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet members is accused of violating federal law last week while touting Democrats who could run for the Senate next year, according to a complaint from Americans for Public Trust, a nonprofit “dedicated to restoring trust in government by holding politicians and political groups accountable for corrupt and unethical behavior.” The 1939 Hatch Act bans most partisan political activities by government officials while acting in their official capacity. On Thursday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, a former congresswoman from Ohio, appeared at a White House news briefing to discuss the Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill. While she was there, she answered a question about the Democratic Party’s chance to win a 2022 Senate race in Ohio. “Given the highly partisan nature of the American Relief Bill, this was an opportunity for Secretary Fudge to demonstrate to the American people that all individuals are respected, regardless of political leanings,” Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, said in the letter to Henry Kerner, special counsel in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

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