White House admits holding political briefings

In yet another flagrant example of the Bush Administration’s blatant ignorance of the law, the White House has admitted it conducted some 20 briefings for federal employees on the election prospects of Republican candidates.

Such actions violate both the Hatch act and other specific federal laws that prohibit White House officials from conducted political business on official time.

As in the past, the official White House line is that they broke no law while their attitude is "so what?"

Reports The Associated Press:

The White House acknowledged Thursday it has conducted about 20 briefings for federal employees on the election prospects of Republican candidates — the sort of meetings that have led to an investigation into administration political activity.

An independent investigative unit, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, this week began a probe into a presentation by Bush aide J. Scott Jennings to political appointees at the General Services Administration. At issue is whether the January session violated the federal Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activities with government resources or on government time.

The Office of Special Counsel, led by Scott Bloch, is in charge of enforcing the Hatch Act. At the same time, Bloch himself is being investigated by the Bush administration on separate matters, including his enforcement of the Hatch Act.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said briefings were held at other federal agencies besides the GSA, for a total of about 20 — most in 2006 and a couple in 2007. They were conducted by White House political director Sara Taylor or Jennings, her deputy. It had been known that other briefings had been held, but not how many.

Others were held in previous years as well, but Stanzel said the White House hasn’t kept a count of how many.

Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino said no laws were broken and that the White House counsel’s office signed off on the effort.

"It’s not unlawful and it wasn’t unusual for informational briefings to be given," Perino said. "There is no prohibition under the Hatch Act of allowing political appointees to talk to other political appointees about the political landscape in which they are trying to advance the president’s agenda."

She added: "These briefings were not inappropriate, they were not unlawful, they were not unethical."

Some Democrats beg to differ.

They have alleged that at the end of the January presentation at GSA, Administrator Lurita Doan asked all present to consider how they could use the agency to "help our candidates" in 2008. They also question whether the PowerPoint demonstration Jennings used violated the Hatch Act.

At the same time that Bloch is investigating the White House, the Bush administration is investigating Bloch for his handling of Hatch Act cases — as well as a complaint filed against Bloch by a group of career Office of Special Counsel employees and four public interest groups.

The complaint alleges that Bloch created a hostile work environment with retaliatory acts against his employees. It states that 12 career employees were involuntarily reassigned because they were believed to have been involved in whistle-blowing. The complaint, being handled by the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general, also alleges that Bloch did not enforce bans against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal work place.


  1. My opinion is they won’t impeach because they KNOW they have a CASE…a damn good one against BUSH, CHENEY, probably Rice, certainly Rumsfeld, although he’s gone and Gonzalas certainly.

    I think the real problem is that IF they decided to go after them, they WOULD get them and a trial would soon follow and I am positive a conviction after that.

    THAT WOULD BE A FIRST and the Legacy of this Congress and NONE of them in either party want that Albatross around their necks as a legacy.

    Both parties KNEW they would never in a million years get Clinton so it was full steam ahead and of course a COLLOSAL waste of time. They do that well. Agree ??

  2. Apparently there will be one thing after another until this bunch of clowns is out of power. Today, another bush loyalist appointee, one serving under Secretary of State Rice, was exposed using call girls from the infamous DC Madam that was busted recently and is making good her threat to expose high level officials. This one resigned.

    Friday evening, the State Department put out a statement announcing Tobias’ resignation, saying he “informed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator effective immediately.” Unquote.

    Tobias said he used the sevice to have girls come to his condo to give him massages but there was no sex. I’m sure his wife will believe that.

  3. They are afraid to Impeach. The don’t know what Bush would do. He is so goddamned arrogant and power mad he is liable to do anything. The only way they would impeach is if the American people would come out and start raising hell like they did about Vietnam. As it is, they are not sure they would have the public support.

    We need a spark to set the people off.

  4. I don’t think it’s so much “blatant ignorance” of the law on the part of the Blight House that makes them do what they do. The SOBs just don’t give a damn, that’s what makes them a gang of sociopath’s. And that’s why they should all be run out of Washington on a rail.

  5. Why oh why is the american public other than being completely disgusted with this administration not demanding change from their elected officials….why is the american public just allowing this type of flagrant abuse of the countries laws continue on a daily basis…why is the american public allowing their freedoms to slowly be dwindled away…why our the democrats sitting on their asses doing nothing, nothing, nothing that they were elected to do….why is bush not being impeached and the so-called greatest nation on earth getting back to the elevated status they have let slip away.

    Impeach Bush Now!! So a true american patriot such as Ron Paul can have an opportunity to actually earn the countries votes and trust to run this country.

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