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Feds: Sebelius broke Hatch Act in stumping for Obama

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:03am
Mass Device

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept., broke the Hatch Act barring government employees from campaign activities during an appearance in North Carolina, according to the Office of Special Counsel.

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One of President Barack Obama's top cabinet members could lose her job over offhand comments at a gay rights rally in North Carolina in February.

The Hatch Act bars federal employees from campaigning while on the job. The Office of Special Counsel said yesterday that Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept., crossed the line when she advocated for Obama's re-election at the Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte over the winter, according to the Federal Times.

The OSC did not recommend any specific punishment, saying Obama will decide whether Sebelius should be punished, fired or let off. The last high-profile Hatch Act violator, General Services Administration head Lurita Doan, was fired by President George W. Bush in 2008 after being found to have stumped for Republicans while on the job.

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