Bush officials violated Hatch Act, agency concludes
At least seven Cabinet secretaries to President George W. Bush took politically motivated trips at taxpayer expense while aides falsely claimed they were traveling on official business, the independent Office of Special Counsel said Monday night in concluding a three-year probe.
In a report on allegations that first surfaced before Bush left office, the agency condemned what it depicted as widespread violations of a law restricting political activities by federal workers and illegal use of federal funds to engage in electioneering.
The abuses occurred mostly in 2005 and 2006, when Bush advisers were anxious about the looming midterm elections that would hand control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats.
R. Jeffrey Smith
| January 25, 2011; 8:30 AM ET
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