Monday, January 24, 2011

OSC Report: Bush White House Violated Law In 2006 Elections

Well, now is a fucking helluva time to tell us this:

Report: Bush White House Violated Law By Using Gov't Resources To Support GOP in '06 Elections
Ryan J. Reilly | January 24, 2011, 8:51PM

George W. Bush's White House Office of Political Affairs violated the law by giving political briefings to political employees, concludes an Office of Special Counsel report issued Monday, nearly five years after the fact.

The report, titled "Investigation of Political Activities by White House and Federal Agency Officials During the 2006 Midterm Elections," finds that the electoral success of the Republican Party and possible strategies for achieving it often were on the agenda at some of 75 political briefings at 20 federal agencies from 2001 to 2007, the Associated Press reported.

OSC found that "White House Office of Political Affairs (OPA) employees, as well as high-level agency political appointees, violated the Hatch Act through a number of practices that were prevalent during the months leading up to the 2006 midterm elections," they said in a news release.

"Because most of the briefings took place during normal business hours and in government buildings, many of the briefings implicated the Hatch Act's prohibition against engaging in political activity while on duty or in a federal workplace," the report found.


Mission accomplished, I suppose. What possible good does it do to announce in 2011 that a president used federal resources to steal yet another election in 2006? This just reinforces the common impression that laws are for little people, that politicians can do anything they damned well please with no consequences whatsoever.

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