Hatch Act strikes back: High-level Trump official banned from federal employment for 4 years after violation

Hatch Act strikes back: High-level Trump official banned from federal employment for 4 years after violation

From former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway to former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, a long list of ex-Trump Administration officials have been accused of violating the Hatch Act — which restricts most federal employees from engaging in certain overtly partisan political activities. And Lynne Patton, who served as a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been fined $1000 and barred from working in the federal government for four years for a Hatch Act violation, according to Axios' Orion Rummler.

Patton's offense was recruiting New York City Housing Authority residents for a video that was later shown at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Prior to working in the Trump Administration, Patton was an event planner for the Trump family and helped run the Eric Trump Foundation.

On December 7, 2020 during the lame duck period, the Office of Special Counsel issued a report saying that Navarro repeatedly violated the Hatch Act. And in 2019, the OSC recommended that Conway be fired for her Hatch Act violations, although no disciplinary action was taken against her.

The Hatch Act, named after Sen. Carl Hatch — a New Mexico Democrat — was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939 and amended in 2012 during President Barack Obama's first term.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.