Sixteen Trump administration officials violated the law to boost Trump campaign in October

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Ivanka violated the Hatch Act more than 45 times on Twitter alone during the month of October 2020. 🐷

"During the month of October, at least 16 Trump administration officials have violated the Hatch Act a total of more than 60 times, in an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process."

"President Trump has allowed — and encouraged — senior officials to use their government roles to take actions benefiting his re-election effort, in its final weeks and days as Americans are casting their ballots. Beyond the 16 administration officials we identified who have committed clear violations of the Hatch Act, the White House appears to have also deployed cabinet members to swing states to tout Trump policies on the taxpayer dime, and pressured leaders of the State Department, FBI and DOJ to take actions against his political adversaries purely for his partisan benefit."

"The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which enforces the Hatch Act, has found 14 senior Trump administration officials in violation of the statute including, most recently, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Fourteen confirmed violations in nearly four years is abysmal on its own, but in the closing month of this election cycle, the Trump administration seems to have adopted an affirmative policy of abusing federal resources to prop up the Trump re-election campaign."

Ivanka Trump, Senior Advisor and First Daughter

"Violated the Hatch Act more than 45 times on Twitter alone during the month of October."


Sixteen Trump administration officials violated the law to boost Trump campaign in October

CREW, November 2, 2020



"Ivanka Trump has had more than her fair share of ethics scandals during the past three and a half years, but the past two days stand out even with her dubious history. The first daughter turned White House Senior Advisor has managed to violate a critical ethics law no less than eight times in just over 48 hours — on Twitter alone."

"The Hatch Act bars federal employees from using the power of their official positions to push partisan political outcomes. Apolitical career government employees have faced serious consequences like firing or suspension without pay for violations of the law. But even as President Trump has campaigned on a message of “law and order,” he has allowed more than a dozen White House and senior administration staff to break the law and face no consequences."

"Ivanka Trump’s Twitter account lists her official position “Advisor to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship” and she regularly uses the account for official government business like promoting Trump administration policy initiatives. The Office of Special Counsel, a small federal agency that enforces the Hatch Act has found that when a government official uses a “Twitter account for official purposes, the Hatch Act prohibits her from using that account to engage in political activity.” Ivanka Trump using her @IvankaTrump account for political as well as government business suggests that she is using government resources like her time, title, and position to boost campaign messages. Many of Trump’s messages definitely cross the line when it comes to using her official position to push a partisan agenda."

"Here are Ivanka Trump’s eight recent law-breaking tweets:"

Ivanka Trump violated the Hatch Act eight times in just over 48 hours

CREW, October 13, 2020