Auditors: EPA broke law in social media blitz on water rule

by MATTHEW DALY  |  published on December 15, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in a social media campaign intended to generate public support for a controversial rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, congressional auditors said Monday.

The EPA’s campaign violated restrictions against lobbying and propaganda by federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office said in a 26-page report. The agency blitzed social media in a campaign that urged the public to submit comments on the draft water rule. The effort reached at least 1.8 million people.

Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said the GAO finding confirms what he has long suspected: “that EPA will go to extreme lengths and even violate the law to promote its activist environmental agenda.”

  • ravenwings

    We all need to bombbard congress to get EPA deleted from the federal government. What are they doing making laws, That is the legislative branches job.

  • Dave In Arizona

    Surprise, surprise! The Obama administration broke another law something they’ve been doing for the past seven plus years.

  • reagangs

    Typical far radical left tactics like old Sal Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals have always used. The EPA (Ecco-terrorist Progressive A$$***es) has been hijacked by the radical UN and EU elites and their bought and paid for minions and sheeple. It’s time the Real Patriotic American hard working tax payers. as opposed to the spoiled brat bleeding heart commies, takes over the narrative and kicks some arse. Close down all worthless. over bloated, criminal agencies like the EPA, NLRB, IRS, DOE, DOEd, Fed Reserve, IMF and others.

  • 7papa7

    What will be done about them breaking the law, absolutely nothing. They won’t lose funds, nobody will be fired, nobody will go to jail and they will have the total backing of obama.

    • Pam

      Unfortunately, you are correct!

      • 7papa7

        That’s what happens when you have a corrupt administration.

    • reagangs

      Their mantra: Do as I say, Not as I do. Just like old Sal Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals and the commies typical mind set. Old V. Lenin and J Stalin had a favorite saying: A lie repeated enough will eventually become the truth.

      • 7papa7

        So very very true.

  • teaman

    When you are a WACKO, you have the mind set that says, “I can do what ever I want to further my agenda, regardless”. This is close to the same mind set of an Islamic puke and is supported in their ideology. But, when you are a WACKO who has access to taxpayer funds, you don’t have the right to further your own agenda with THOSE funds. Being a law breaker seems to be the norm in Washington these days, by just about every agency. Of course, Obama, The Executive Anus, is the leading law breaker and, more than likely, he gave the EPA the go ahead, with the RINO’s stamp of approval. Fact is, the only reason the EPA is in existence is because of law breaking and lies. Should we take care of our environment, of course, but not by following a lying agenda and tyrannical policies. EPA needs to be shut down with a complete house cleaning of all WACKO liberals who follow Communistic principles.

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