EXCLUSIVE: Biden White House, Small Business Admin Officials Violated Political Ethics Law, Watchdog Alleges

EXCLUSIVE: Biden White House, Small Business Admin Officials Violated Political Ethics Law, Watchdog Alleges

  • April 25, 2024

Jason Cohen, Daily Caller

Officials in President Joe Biden’s White House and Small Business Administration (SBA) violated a law preventing government employees from engaging in certain forms of political activity, watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) alleged in a Thursday complaint.

PPT accused officials of political activity to benefit Biden while attacking Republicans in violation of the Hatch Act, according to the complaint to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Biden administration officials from the White House and SBA repeatedly violated the act by using the term “MAGA,” which is former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and an acronym for “Make America Great Again,” PPT alleged.

“The intent of the Hatch Act is pretty straightforward: If you’re part of the current government, you can’t engage in political speech in the course of your official duties,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “And OSC’s directives against using campaign slogans are pretty clear. But, as Karine Jean-Pierre’s multiple violations show — and these incidents from the White House and SBA appear to provide more evidence of — it seems that these requirements escape some members of the Biden administration.”

The SBA has not responded to PPT’s inquiry about the redactions as of Wednesday, according to the complaint.

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