Sebelius violated Hatch Act, says special counsel

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the law that prevents federal officials from political advocacy on the taxpayer's dime. Sebelius attended a political rally in North Carolina last February where she urged the re-election of President Obama and the election of local Democrats. Since her appearance at the rally was considered part of her official duties, the Office of Special Counsel determined she violated the law. The Hill: The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said Sebelius broke federal law by saying in a February speech that it is "imperative" to reelect President Obama. She also used the speech, delivered at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., to plug local Democrats. Republicans criticized Sebelius in the wake of the OSC report, but stopped short of calling on her to step down. "That the secretary violated federal law in this manner is disturbing, but hardly a surprise," a spokeswoman for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said. "Since...(Read Full Post)