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Report: Sebelius violated politicking ban

September 13, 2012

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— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated a federal law that restricts political activity by government officials, a federal ethics office said in a report Wednesday.

Off-the-cuff remarks by Sebelius during a speech earlier this year to a gay rights group in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a report to the White House. The law prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election, although it allows partisan remarks made in a personal capacity.

In the Feb. 25 speech to the Human Rights Campaign, Sebelius called for President Barack Obama’s re-election and endorsed a Democratic candidate Walter Dalton for governor. Later, she rescinded the gubernatorial endorsement.

The ethics office found that Sebelius had made the speech in her official capacity as the nation’s top health official, but departed from her prepared text and veered into politicking.

“While a violation of the Hatch Act occurred, Secretary Sebelius’ statements would have been permissible if they had been made in her personal capacity,” the report said.

In a formal response, Sebelius said that any violation was “technical and minor” and was corrected after her official trip was reclassified as political, and the government was repaid for her travel.

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msezdsit 1 year, 7 months ago

Under penalty of law do not remove this tag.

Lets see, having private legislative meetings at the governors mansion and throwing the disabled out in the street and being one of the only states in US history not to put the president on the ballot all good. Chronic lying and making up stuff people never said and blaming the person for what they didn't say and hanging lies over the stage at their convention all good of course. Bring em on.

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kansasredlegs 1 year, 7 months ago

Sad that when government officials violate federal law, they get to reclassify what they did while "we" get a conviction, prison, followed by post-release supervision.

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Mixolydian 1 year, 7 months ago

Faux outrage over faux outrage. Too funny.

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jackbinkelman 1 year, 7 months ago

Ooooo, Maybe she should step down as H.S. over that one!!!!!! Ha!

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pigballin 1 year, 7 months ago

Just another corrupt liberal sloosy..That is every week, 52 weeks out of every year..Democratic party is not the party i once knew..It should change it's name to the more appropriate socialist marxist party.. A party of doom and failure to the American dream of prosperity and freedom.

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 7 months ago

The Hatch act is collection of ethics rules for federal employees. The original intent was to curtail activities of our congressional representatives for activities like using government funds for personal use, and so on.

There is a range of consequences - reprimand, lost pay, termination, or jail, and so on, depending on the severity. Since it is a personnel incident, the consequence could remain private.

I am quite familiar with federal government practices. I wonder why the state does not have something similar. Chris Kobach's activities are an example of conflict of interest and misuse of government funds. Far more egregious than Sibelius' slip up.

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Ricky_Vaughn 1 year, 7 months ago

For those familiar with b-ball terminology, I'd call this a "ticky-tack foul".

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pace 1 year, 7 months ago

I sure would like her to be our next governor. I admire her. sam and koch bros not so much.

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patkindle 1 year, 7 months ago

hey, give her a break she fixed it. after all even if he is the worse president including jimmy carter, he is cute and talks purty, that is what we want to lead out country

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

Sage and his ilk are always complaining about others not being productive and or living off of someone else. I have to wonder when he is going to get a real job. The few dimes made off of something not much more than a hobby is hardly a job. Must be nice to be a kept boy with someone else having a real job providing a life style including health coverage to pick up where the Feds leave off.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 7 months ago

In a formal response, Sebelius said that any violation was “technical and minor” and was corrected after her official trip was reclassified as political, and the government was repaid for her travel........

She fixed it, just like all do on either side when they get caught......Next?

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1 year, 7 months ago

@asixbury.

Actually, SageonPage (who is really not a Sage) has probably always "hated" Kathleen Sebelius and would jump at any chance to denigrate her, much as he/she does President Obama. This time, he/she is thumping the Bible, instead of wrapping himself/herself in the flag. It's an interesting new tack and should be fun to watch.

Please though asixbury, don't feed him/her/it.

@SP The article says, " 'While a violation of the Hatch Act occurred, Secretary Sebelius’ statements would have been permissible if they had been made in her personal capacity,' the report said."

How do you go from that to she was charged with violating the Hatch Act? That's quite a leap, even for you. Please don't reply with your "connect the dots" comments as they are old and stale. (You really do need to develop a new repertoire.) Charges mean criminal charges and indictments, not that "a violation occurred." It's the same difference as between, "someone was stalked," and "(troll) was charged with stalking someone."

The next step would be to charge her; that has not yet been done.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

autie! Now... c'MON! You know that hatred and bigotry know no logic... don'tcha???

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh Sage the wise, please explain something. You claim that all this stuff about the ACA and people being made to pay for their insurance plan or be fined is all evil and not right,,...OK? but in the next breath complain that so many are on the dole and refuse to pay their own way and live off of government hands outs...like the ones that don't have health insurance drive the cost shifting so others pay their share....so which is it? Can't have it both ways.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Kathleen Sebelius,

You are being used as tool for the extreme right wing in their never ending effort to kill the the USA economy and character assassinate the president of the United States. These frauds are anti American.

Come back home to Kansas. Yes run for governor and I'll vote for you. There are some people posing as republicans that need to be replaced because they are being dishonest with the people of Kansas. We need you Kathleen Sebelius.

These deceitful people posing as republicans believe their personal agendas represent a democracy. And they are the most reckless spenders on planet earth. Not a fiscal conservative bone in their bodies.

Kathleen Sebelius we would welcome a breath of fresh air that you represent. Have no fear Kansans from most all sides the aisle will welcome you back to Kansas and the state house.

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75x55 1 year, 7 months ago

"Well, Kathy - just kick in a quarter in the cuss jar, and that'll be good enough."

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

"Hey," 'I' "wasn't" 'around' "much" 'this' "past" 'weekend.' "What" 'happened' "to" 'our' "beloved" 'troll?' "He's" 'probably' "back" 'already,' "though."

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

The lawbreaker Kathleen Sebelius was a disgrace while Kansas Governor and a bigger disgrace in DC. Sebelius, the pro-abortion "Catholic", should be excommunicated for her assault on religious freedom. She should also resign for her partisan remarks in violation of federal law.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

No shortage of hate-mongering from the usual, predictable trolls.

If Sebelius violated a law, there should be a penalty. She repaid the government for her travel expenses, and turned an "official" trip into a "personal" trip. That's appropriate.

What does the law itself say about further penalties... including fines and/or imprisonment?

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uggadyboogadyboo 1 year, 7 months ago

I shot a lawyer.
In a response, I said that any violation was “technical and minor” and was corrected after I got home. It was reclassified as political, and the government was understanding. Thank you holder.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

“Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012,” the news release from the U.S. Office of Special Council states. She is a lawless, rebellious woman who thirsts for control of people's lives through the obamacare citizen control act.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

At least she stood up and admitted the mistake/error/lapse, whatever. And corrected it best she could. Unlike certain circles that make up stories that aren't true or take comments out of context and make up stories around them..and then perpetuate those as truthiness....and even after it is all pointed out as untruthiness..keeps on with the same stories.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

This law makes some sense when applied to career employees. It makes absolutely none when applied to top political appointees whose primary job is to express and implement the political will of the president who appointed them. And that goes for both R's and D's.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Talk about abusing Free Speech, Kathleen 'The Hammer' Sebelius has broken Federal Laws and been charged for her hack political work for Obumble. She broke the law pertaining to the Hatch Act which disallows public officials from campaigning for their bosses (mob bosses in this case). She has always been a political hack disguised as a 'public servant' and her enthusiasm for abortion is abhorrent.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

What's breaking a few federal laws to the current regime? Hasn't stopped 'em yet.

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prospector 1 year, 7 months ago

Loose the hounds!!!!

Woof Woof

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