Probe: Sebelius broke the law by campaigning for Obama re-election

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September 13, 2012

By Sam Baker – The Hill

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by using her Cabinet position to campaign for President Obama, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said Sebelius broke federal law by saying in a February speech that it is “imperative” to reelect President Obama. She also used the speech, delivered at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., to plug local Democrats.

The OSC said Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning while acting in an official capacity.

Republicans criticized Sebelius in the wake of the OSC report, but stopped short of calling on her to step down.

“That the secretary violated federal law in this manner is disturbing, but hardly a surprise,” a spokeswoman for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said. “Since almost day one, this administration has had a singular focus on politicking — not governing — that’s borne out by the secretary ignoring a strict prohibition on electioneering while working for federal taxpayers.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who asked the OSC to investigate Sebelius’s comments at the rally, said he would wait to see how Obama handles the issue.

The White House defended the secretary, noting that she admitted her comments were “a mistake.”

Sebelius did concede that she made a mistake, but also said the OSC should not have found her in violation of the Hatch Act.

The OSC was investigating comments Sebelius made in February, when she strayed from her prepared remarks to praise Obama and other Democrats.

“One of the imperatives is to make sure that we not only come together here in Charlotte to present the nomination to the president, but we make sure that in November, he continues to be president for another four years,” she said, according to the OSC report.

She also ventured into state politics, urging the defeat of an anti-gay-marriage ballot proposal and saying it’s “hugely important to make sure that we reelect the president and elect a Democratic governor here in North Carolina,” the OSC report says.

To read more, visit: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/249187-probe-sebelius-violated-law-by-campaigning-for-obama

  • CTH

    If we had a Justice Department that worked for justice rather than political protection Sibeleus would have already been indicted; however, Eric Holder’s department has no concept of justice, only political gain for the favored ones.

    Also, your website just slopped a gear by notifying me that I had previously posted this comment which was totally false.

  • CTH

    If we had a Justice Department that worked for justice rather than political protection Sibeleus would have already been indicted; however, Eric Holder’s department has no concept of justice, only political gain for the favored ones.

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