Investigation of Political Activities by White House and Federal Agency Officials During the 2006 Midterm Elections
This report presents the U.S. Office of Special Counsel's (OSC) investigative findings regarding White House Office of Political Affairs (OPA) employees conducting political briefings for agency political appointees during work hours and in the federal workplace. OSC's investigation eventually expanded to examine other Hatch Act concerns involving OPA employees and agency political appointees. The activities investigated by OSC occurred during President George W. Bush's administration (Bush II). In addition, OSC explains its findings and legal conclusions, and recommends certain practices and regulatory amendments that OSC believes should be adopted to ensure future compliance with the Hatch Act. Illus. This is a print on demand report.
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2006 elections 2006 midterm elections 72-hour deployments activities of OPA agency political appointees agency’s April April 17 attend Bush II administration campaign Chief of Staff constituted political activity costs associated Deputy Director Desk Coordinators Director and Deputy e-mail earn media electoral engage in political exempt federal agencies federal workplace Final Push Matrix former OPA fundraiser Hatch Act high-level agency political identified incumbents Martha Rainville McLaughlin Mehlman November October 27 Office of Political official events OPA Associate Directors OPA Director OPA employees OPA staff OPA’s OSC concludes partisan political political briefings political costs political event political travel PowerPoint presentation President Presidential priority reimbursement Republican candidates requests Sara Taylor Secretary Kempthorne’s Secretary’s Senator slides Suggested Memoranda Surrogate Scheduler target list targeted races Tier travel costs travel of high-level U.S. Department U.S. Treasury funds upcoming violated the Hatch White House liaison White House Office