FCC Member Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel Finds

Government Executive: A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President Obama violated the Hatch Act while speaking at a conservative political gathering last February, the Office of Special Counsel determined.

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly “advocated for the reelection of President Trump in his official capacity as FCC commissioner,” wrote Erica Hamrick, deputy chief of the Hatch Act Unit at the Office of Special Counsel, in May 1 letters to two private watchdog groups that had complained.

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