Members of Bush’s ‘Office of Political Affairs’ Violated Law Repeatedly, Report Says
January 25, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—A new Office of Special Counsel report indicates that prior to the 2006 midterm elections, the Bush White House “routinely” violated a law preventing the use of federal tax dollars to pay for political activities, the New York Times reports. Bush’s Office of Political Affairs, which Karl Rove oversaw, sent some cabinet officials out to help with the campaigns of Republican party candidates in Congressional races that the group had targeted as being important.
Federal employees are prohibited from participating in partisan political activities, and federal money cannot be used to support political causes. However, the new report, issued yesterday, indicates that Bush’s Office of Political Affairs was “almost an extension of the Republican National Committee,” the Times reports.
The report indicates that staffers within the Office of Political Affairs organized over 70 political briefings between 2001 and 2007 for Republicans who worked at federal agencies with the hopes of having them help Republicans win Congressional elections. In addition, the investigators determined that several Bush administration officials improperly reported their political travel as official government business, the Times reports.