Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hatching An Investigation

The Washington Post reports that the Bush White House violated the Hatch Act quite a few times.

At least seven Cabinet secretaries to President George W. Bush took politically motivated trips at taxpayer expense while aides falsely claimed they were traveling on official business, the independent Office of Special Counsel said Monday night in concluding a three-year probe.

In a report on allegations that first surfaced before Bush left office, the agency condemned what it depicted as widespread violations of a law restricting political activities by federal workers and illegal use of federal funds to engage in electioneering.

The abuses mostly occurred in 2005 and 2006, when Bush’s advisers were anxious about the looming midterm electoral losses that would hand control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats.

According to the report, the White House improperly orchestrated the use of assets throughout the government to help key congressional allies as the voting drew near, including arranging more than a hundred ostensibly official appearances by top appointees in battleground states such as Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Connecticut.

This federally funded travel was organized, approved and closely tracked by Bush’s political office, the Office of Special Counsel found, describing the activity as leading to the illegal diversion of federal funds and workers’ time.

Gee, I wonder if Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Committee is going to look into this. He did promise to investigate White House corruption, didn’t he?