Kellyanne Conway Slapped With Ethics Complaint For Violating Election Laws
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has been hit with an ethics complaint after violating a law that forbids federal employees from using their positions for political purposes.
“I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations,” former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub tweeted Wednesday.
I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations. https://t.co/Mrm8al9nZz
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 22, 2017
The Hatch Act “prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”
Shaub’s complaint comes after Conway earlier this week blasted Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones on Fox News.
“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.”
Conway was questioned on whether she was telling people in Alabama to vote for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers.
“I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” Conway said, calling Jones a “doctrinaire liberal.”
Shaub pointed out in another tweet that Conway was “standing in front of the White House” while giving the interview.
“It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate,” he tweeted. “This is at least as clear a violation of 5 U.S.C. § 7323(a)(1) as OSC identified with regard to Castro.”
According to the Hatch Act, federal officials can make partisan remarks in their personal capacity, but they cannot “when using an official title or when speaking about agency business.”
The White House denied that Conway did anything improper.