And to American - This is not about not being able to move on. This is about keeping our system safe for Democracy. Yes, I bash Bush. I bash Obama too. I bash anyone who disregards our forefathers. If you weren't so busy acting like a troll all the time, you would see that.
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the dicknbush regime played in the gray area of the hatch act... 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 100 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.
At one point in 2006, it disclosed, operatives employed by the Republican National Committee moved into White House quarters where they worked in tandem with the political-office staff to coordinate the campaign.
While White House officials may legally pursue close political contact with outsiders, the report said, "the systematic, partisan political activity described in this report, including strategically supplying targeted candidates with administration support to secure electoral gains, goes far beyond a need for political information [meant] to effectively advise the president." ...
it would be pointless to seek prosecution as the only ones who would be nailed would be the non-political civil servants who were doing as they were instructed by their supervisors - the political appointees - who, as you will find below, enjoy a special dispensation relative to their partisan political involvement, and that any abuse is punishable by the president alone
here, is the only overt violation, where the internal records confirm reimbursement monies were due from the campaign because of political activities engaged, and those monies were never paid... Occasionally, some of the estimated 100,000 documents reviewed by the counsel's office described the need for these trips to be reimbursed by political funds, but no evidence could be found that they were. ...
the penalty should be to require payment of the amounts reflected by those administration documents
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in reading this thread it appears many are unfamiliar with the latitude provided to political appointees to engage in partisan political activities. they can - and do - campaign while being paid a federal salary, during work hours, from the federal work place... Political appointees operate under the same rules with some exceptions. They are allowed to engage in political activity while on duty, in government buildings, wearing official uniforms or insignias, or using government vehicles, provided their actions don't amount to coercive use of the office to which they have been appointed. They cannot pay for political activities with taxpayer dollars, however. ...
and that is acceptable under the law, as it is presently constructed. it gives a huge advantage to the incumbent
to have the taxpayer pay for their partisan politicking, all the political appointee has to do is schedule an official federal business activity where they want to go and federal travel dollars pay for it. that can be a five minute observation followed by travel to a partisan event. because they conducted official business on the trip they have satisfied the provisions of the law
notice that the office of special counsel, ordinarily charged with prosecuting hatch act violations, can only make recommendations to the president when the violation pertains to a political appointee ... someone that president appointed... The penalties for political appointees are less clear because OSC refers cases to the president, who can decide whether to pursue disciplinary action. ...
i imagine Obama could now be the one to initiate prosecution, but we see he has been inclined to allow the past regime to skate on other matters which are substantially more important
can't imagine that he would pursue this
the only ones who would be hurt are the civil servants - the career employees who were not politically appointed and who do not receive special hatch act dispensations. their violations would have been likely due to their following the orders of the political appointee. how fair would it be to prosecute them for following orders?
It's the point I've been making all along. Some folks are so blind with their hatred for Bush, they refuse to see the facts.Section 7324 of The Hatch Act provides an exemption to the ban on political activities to:
* (i) an employee paid from an appropriation for the Executive Office of the President; or
* (ii) an employee appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, whose position is located within the United States, who determines policies to be pursued by the United States in the nationwide administration of Federal laws.
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That's why I mentioned Axlerod and Emanual.
The question to the, "Bush is a definite criminal", folks; which one of Bush's people violated these prohibitions, what did they do and show us where Bush ordered them to do so? Thanks in advance.The Hatch Act prohibits Less Restricted employees from:
* using their official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the result of an election;
* knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving a political contribution from any person (this may be done in certain limited situations by federal labor or other employee organizations);
* knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation in any political activity of anyone who has business pending before their employing agency;
* being candidates for public office in partisan political elections; or
* engaging in political activity while:
* on duty;
* in a government office;
* wearing an official uniform; or
* using a government vehicle
Information on Hatch Act