Philadelphia partner Scott Coffina wrote an article for the National Review Online, titled, “Secretary Sebelius Violates the Hatch Act.”
Scott discussed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’ engaging in political activity during an official appearance at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala in North Carolina this past February.
Sebelius endorsed the lieutenant governor of North Carolina in his campaign for governor and strongly advocated the re-election of President Obama. She was found by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) to have violated the Hatch Act.
Sibelius subsequently admitted her mistake and acted to have the taxpayers reimbursed by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee for her travel expenses to Charlotte. Scott noted, however, that her “corrective actions do not change the fact that her political advocacy in an official forum violated the law.”
It remains to be seen, however, how President Obama will exercise his statutory responsibility to take “appropriate action” in light of the OSC findings.
“The president has spoken constantly about accountability in his administration,” said Scott. “Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that he means it.”
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