Sen Inhofe Probe WH Hatch Act Violation on Obama climate advocacy as Obama set to bypass Congress
August 14, 2013 By Craig Bannister
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (O-Okla.) has launched a probe into potential Hatch Act violations by the White House in its climate agenda advocacy.
Inhofe today sent letters to EPA Administrator Curt Spalding and White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley probing apparent coordination between CEQ and the Organization for Action (OFA) on events today pushing the president’s climate change agenda and the potential violation of the Hatch Act.
According to the Hatch Act, federal employees in the executive branch, except certain designated officials such as the President or Vice President, are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activities.
In the letters, Inhofe wrote: “The OFA activities are clearly political in nature, solely targeting Republican members of the House and Senate for campaign purposes.” “Cleary OFA is now engaging in political activities and it appears as though they are closely coordinating efforts…
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