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@waltshaub

The White House itself imposed a $200 fine on another presidential appointee, Jared Kushner, when he missed the deadline for filing a financial disclosure report. Presidential appointees are not exempt from fines for violating ethics laws like the Hatch Act.

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@CREWcrew

Lynne Patton being held accountable for the Hatch Act is a good and necessary start. But 16 Trump administration officials violated the law at least 60 times, and they all need to be held accountable too. https://t.co/HmmgnKbj7S

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@DebraMessing

Ivanka Trump violated the Hatch Act eight times in just over 48 hours - CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington https://t.co/wjWJrE682K

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@JenGRodgers

Really enjoyed #theBridgePOGO, the new ethics newsletter by @waltshaub, which today discussed the Hatch Act. Any reminder of how egregiously Kellyanne Conway violated the law works for me! Walt will make all of us smarter about government ethics, so sign up to learn something! https://t.co/RdGtj1sk1b

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@CREWcrew

Ivanka Trump violated the Hatch Act so many times we had to keep updating this page as she blew past records. She still needs to be held accountable. https://t.co/X7btvrQClE

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@CREWcrew

Hatch Act enforcement can’t end with Lynne Patton. The many other Trump officials who broke the law also need to be held accountable, and the law needs reform so that some high level offenders can’t get off scot free. https://t.co/kr2aTqP575

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@CREWcrew

There are real consequences for violating the Hatch Act, as former Trump HUD official Lynne Patton now knows. https://t.co/kr2aTqP575

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@CREWcrew

Reminder: There are still open cases at the Office of Special Counsel from the final months of the Trump administration, and they are reviewing the role that some officials had in violating the Hatch Act. https://t.co/9hRqhh0wCn

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@waltshaub

The Interior Department made 2 videos that were obvious campaign ads for Trump. No one at the Interior Department was held accountable. Over at HUD, Lynne Patton did the same and became the only Trump appointee fined for a Hatch Act violation. Why Patton? https://t.co/3CfAHQmmpd

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@CREWcrew

If you are going to use your position to film a video with New York City Housing Authority residents to air at the RNC & lie to those tenants about it, telling them the video was a nonpartisan project, then yeah, you violated the Hatch Act. https://t.co/kr2aTqP575

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@CREWcrew

Lynne Patton violated the Hatch Act and was held accountable. Good. But it’s not over. The many other Trump administration officials who violated the Hatch Act must be held accountable, and the law must be strengthened. https://t.co/HmmgnKbj7S

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@CREWcrew

If you break the 8 times in 48 hours you should face consequences for that. https://t.co/X7btvrQClE

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@anitakumar01

From OSC: "Per the terms of the settlement agreement, Ms. Patton admitted that she engaged in conduct which violated the Hatch Act’s use of official authority prohibition and agreed to accept a 48-month debarment from federal employment and pay a $1,000 civil fine." https://t.co/YBE0GE0pZn

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@mmpadellan

Why hasn't Kellyanne Conway or Ivanka been sanctioned yet for the many times they violated the Hatch Act?

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@JackPosobiec

Former HUD Official @LynnePatton Patton Charged with Violating Hatch Act for Speaking at 2020 RNC -- Something SIX Obama Officials Did at the 2012 DNC (VIDEO) https://t.co/8p0TTRyxfB

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@CREWcrew

It's great that so many people are now interested in the Hatch Act. Did you know that following CREW's complaints, OSC took the unprecedented step of recommending that Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal service? https://t.co/DCb9mGhXuY

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@JoyceWhiteVance

This is a good first step. The Hatch Act is essential to a functioning democracy. Others who violated it should be sanctioned. https://t.co/NDZ0Blb3CU

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@hassankanu

for comparison, Kellyanne Conway 1. violated Hatch Act at least 10X, per OSC 2. said of those violations “blah blah..let me know when the jail sentence starts" 3. refused to show at Congress hearing for violations, then defied subpoena 4. had her termination recommended by OSC https://t.co/2SpKnmtTHB

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@PalmerReport

There is no reason whatsoever to conclude that Ivanka and Kellyanne "got away" with their Hatch Act violations. For all we know, today's Hatch Act enforcement against the HUD official could be just the start of several such enforcements.

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@AndrewSolender

NEW: ex-Trump official Lynne Patton fined $1000 and barred from federal employment for 48 months for violating the Hatch Act by using her HUD role to create a video for the 2020 RNC. https://t.co/XsEKO9t5oh

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@jonrog1

Yes, yes, just work your way through the Hatch Act violations. Relentlessly. https://t.co/AJij0A469C

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@waltshaub

Here's another odd feature of this decision. OSC often closes investigations when someone leaves government. I don't agree with that practice, but it bears noting they closed a Hatch Act violation of Comey when he left government. I'd like to see statistics on such closures.

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@AndrewSolender

Ethics watchdogs are applauding the development as a process victory. "It is gratifying to see real consequences for outrageous misconduct," says @CREWcrew president @NoahBookbinder. https://t.co/qOlktOibZv https://t.co/oOLppGTlib

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@waltshaub

Here's a list of Trump appointees OSC claimed violated the Hatch Act. I don't think this is even a complete list. But I think OSC assessed a fine against only one of these individuals. https://t.co/ocC40YyUJs

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@PalmerReport

Too many pundits built up the Hatch Act as a magic wand that simply wasn’t being waved. Palmer Report tried to explain that the most severe punishment allowed was a fine and loss of employment, which we’re now seeing. If you’re disappointed, you listened to the wrong pundits.

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@PalmerReport

Hatch Act violations by Trump appointees are finally being punished https://t.co/Pqk2zWWyfI

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@anitakumar01

Just in: The Office of Special Counsel announced an agreement with former Trump official Lynne Patton, who admitted violating the Hatch Act by using her official position to produce a video for the RNC. More about Trump officials here: https://t.co/g2lmgTECZR

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@RawStory

Former Trump official fined and temporarily banned from holding office over Hatch Act violations https://t.co/dqoq0wvwWp

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@thehill

Ex-Trump official penalized for violating Hatch Act https://t.co/aL8ou7Cil6 https://t.co/Da4Qj1FCwg

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@keithboykin

I am no fan of Lynne Patton, and she clearly violated the Hatch Act. But so did Kellyane Conway, Ivanka Trump, and nearly everyone else in the Trump administration. Why is the Black woman the only one being punished? https://t.co/OugGmWJfBM

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@GeoffRBennett

A rare instance of the Hatch Act actually being enforced: https://t.co/xoApOsqR4z

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@AndrewSolender

Patton joins a small group of Trump political appointees punished for Hatch Act violations. She is just one of several Trump officials accused of violations during the conventions. https://t.co/qOlktOibZv

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@CREWcrew

BREAKING: Former Trump HUD official Lynne Patton has agreed to a four year ban from federal employment following an investigation stemming from a Hatch Act complaint by CREW https://t.co/kr2aTqP575

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@kylegriffin1

U.S. Office of Special Counsel: Lynne Patton, the former Trump appointee who served at HUD, has been disciplined for violating the Hatch Act. Patton admitted to violating the Act and has agreed to accept a 48-month debarment from federal employment and pay a $1,000 civil fine.

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@kaitlancollins

CREW announces that former Trump HUD official Lynne Patton has agreed to a four year ban from working in the federal government following a Hatch Act complaint. She also paid a $1,000 fine.

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@NoahBookbinder

Peter Navarro, a top advisor in the Trump White House, pushed agencies to approve hundreds of millions in coronavirus-related contracts to politically connected or untested companies. The same guy was found to have repeatedly violated the Hatch Act. https://t.co/mjhDoheqeK

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@CREWcrew

It’s time the Hatch Act got a makeover. https://t.co/88BhZHyDZ9

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@CREWcrew

The Biden Administration must ensure officials comply with the Hatch Act and undergo rigorous ethics training. We’ve sent a letter. https://t.co/CpGQfuvaQe

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@CREWcrew

So did Kellyanne Conway https://t.co/r1QLBTwUwK

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@CREWcrew

Mark Meadows violated the Hatch Act on Fox News (twice) https://t.co/YXizYn4wpl

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@CREWcrew

Steven Miller violated the Hatch Act on Fox News https://t.co/XL8KEWhZsu

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@NoahBookbinder

Unbiased government service is a cornerstone of our democracy--but the Trump administration spent four years undermining that principle. The Protecting Our Democracy Act is a key step toward restoring trust, in part by strengthening Hatch Act enforcement. https://t.co/c5ifomr72K

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@kurteichenwald

@BrianKarem @PressSec Sorry, I agree with her. If the law was different, no problem. But you cant have political appointees knowingly break federal law, even in states where legal. We aren't GQPrs, who break the Hatch Act and laugh. Political appointees dont get to cherry pick which laws they follow.

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@adamwren

I regret to inform you that the transportation secretary is not likely to open himself up to potential Hatch Act violations by doing political events in Indiana just because his former campaign manager is now the state party chairman.

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@CREWcrew

We haven’t forgotten about the Hatch Act. It’s still important, and it still needs to be strengthened. https://t.co/88BhZHyDZ9

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@CREWcrew

We want to ensure that the Biden Administration raises the bar on following ethics laws including the Hatch Act. So we’ve sent a letter. https://t.co/CpGQfuvaQe

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@CNNPolitics

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge may have violated the Hatch Act with her comments at the White House https://t.co/x4fwTwqlam https://t.co/b4143RgagA

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@MaxKennerly

@KevinMKruse When the Hatch Act was filibustered in 1940, it was still relatively unusual to see filibusters over policy legislation unconnected to civil rights, so the NYTimes explained it to their readers as 'it's just like what always happens to the Anti-Lynching Bill.' https://t.co/oLTXtwUpvb

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@waltshaub

More history: When @US_OSC found that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, she not only apologized but she ensured that the government was repaid for the political portion of her travel. That’s what people do when Trump isn’t president. cc. @SecFudge https://t.co/dZraq3ll0n

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@waltshaub

There are degrees of Hatch Act violations, ranging from "oops, sorry, I'll do better next time" (which is where @SecFudge's mistake falls) at one end of the spectrum to the Kellyanne Conway approach of putting the Hatch Act's head on a pike on your lawn at the extreme other end.

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@OANN

HUD secretary accused of violating the Hatch Act - https://t.co/SjGt9IczeF #OANN

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@CREWcrew

When it comes to democracy reform, we need to talk about strengthening the Hatch Act. https://t.co/88BhZHyDZ9

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@CREWcrew

The Hatch Act applies to everyone, regardless of party affiliation. The Biden administration should ensure all its employees have sufficient ethics training. https://t.co/CpGQfuvaQe

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@CREWcrew

It’s absolutely critical that the Biden Administration strengthens ethics and Hatch Act training within the administration. https://t.co/CpGQfuvaQe

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@JordanUhl

some very funny tweets in here from people who used to care about the hatch act being enforced https://t.co/TWQ5DixZfu https://t.co/4ZSacGWZ2o

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@StevenTDennis

When the DREAM Act was filibustered in 2010's lame duck —Republicans who had previously sponsored it, including original author Orrin Hatch — voted it down. https://t.co/MxpESs2uiQ

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@CNN

Newly-confirmed HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge may have violated the Hatch Act, the law that limits the political activities of all federal civilian executive branch employees, with comments she made during a White House press briefing https://t.co/L1xDj4fOOh

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@CNNPolitics

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge may have violated the Hatch Act with her comments at the White House https://t.co/FCO3olsw66 https://t.co/Rwb4PcahJF

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@AdamWeinstein

Oh, Republicans are gonna start caring about the Hatch Act now, huh https://t.co/rBFB40mcX1

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@waltshaub

Update!!! ⁦@SecFudge⁩ has issued a statement acknowledging that she should not have commented on the election. In my book, that’s real leadership and a commitment to government ethics. This is what was lacking in the last administration. https://t.co/GTZvQJ5ite

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@waltshaub

Seriously, folks, pay attention in your ethics training. You cannot stand up in a press conference on government property and advocate for a party or a candidate. It's just that simple. Just look at the reporter and say, "you know that the Hatch Act prohibits me from answering."

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@waltshaub

Welp. She tried to get it right when she initially declined to answer the 1st question. But they hooked her with a 2nd question, and it looks like she violated the Hatch Act. As I've been saying for 4 years, don't stand up at the White House & advocate for parties or candidates. https://t.co/dZgPM5URBB

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@PalmerReport

The Hatch Act was never once enforced in the past four years, but now it's suddenly a national crisis? The media needs to get a life.

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@tylerpager

New: HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge may have violated the Hatch Act yesterday when promoting Democrats for the Ohio Senate race from the White House briefing room https://t.co/oREZdIToNN

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@cmclymer

Remember when Trump literally held his RNC acceptance speech in front of the White House--his most visible campaign event of the year--thus violating the Hatch Act, and a lot of pundits where like: "Eh, what are ya gonna do?"

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