CREW files Hatch Act complaint against Kellyanne Conway 

CREW files Hatch Act complaint against Kellyanne Conway 
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Watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) alleged in a complaint filed on Tuesday that White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySchiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report Giuliani: 'It would not have been obstruction' if Trump had fired Mueller MORE has violated the federal Hatch Act on several occasions.

CREW’s complaint to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) details how Conway posted tweets promoting the Republican Party or Trump’s campaign slogan on the social media account linked to her job in the administration. 

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The Hatch Act bars federal employees from using their offices, work resources and social media accounts for political purposes.

Those found to have violated it can be fined as much as $1,000 and face disciplinary actions like suspension or termination.

CREW's complaint gave examples of several tweets from Conway in recent months that could be found to have violated the Hatch Act.

One example included Conway retweeting Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), in August.

McDaniel was responding to a tweet from Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE stating: “let’s be clear: Women are leading the Democratic Party” with a list of 2018 female candidates.

“A woman is actually leading the Republican Party,” McDaniel wrote, and Conway retweeted it.

The RNC is registered with the Federal Election Commission as a national party committee of the Republican Party and is the management arm of the GOP.

Conway also retweeted an article from The Washington Examiner in September that depicts Trump in one of his signature “Make America Great Again” campaign hats.

The OSC clarified this March that any reference to Trump’s “MAGA” campaign slogan was a clear violation, the watchdog noted. 

The group is calling on the OSC to investigate whether Conway violated the law by participating in an official media interview while discussing her views on political candidates in partisan races.

CREW pointed to an Oct. 3 interview Conway gave Fox News from the grounds of the White House.

Conway was brought on to focus on the confirmation of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris McGahn's lawyer pushes back after Giuliani knocks his credibility Grassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump MORE to the Supreme Court but she diverged into discussing how voters might respond to Democratic senators over the issue. 

“I think if you are a red-state Democrat right now, you are stuck choosing between this — being complicit in a process that has been about delay and destruction and the will of your people in your states,” Conway said during the interview.

“If you are one of those three Democratic senators who voted for Neil Gorsuch just over a short year ago — Senators [Joe] Manchin [(W.Va.)] [Heidi] Heitkamp [(N.D.)] and [Joe] Donnelly in Indiana — you’ve got to think about this,” Conway said. “What has changed, because your voters want a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed. They don’t want this obstruction. They don’t like the socialist way the Democratic Party is going.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

This is not the first time that Conway has been accused of violating the Hatch Act.

 An investigation from the special counsel in March found that she did so on two separate occasions, once after using her official position to promote products from the president's daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpA Trump visit to Africa is important — and carries some urgency On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job MORE.

Conway did not say whether she faced a punishment for the violations.

Several other members of the Trump administration have been either accused or found to have violated the act.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE was found to have violated the act by retweeting an endorsement from Trump last October.  

Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, was also found to have violated the act last year after CREW filed a complaint accusing him of encouraging potential GOP challengers to oust Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week House ignores Trump veto threat, approves bill ending US support for Yemen war MORE (R-Mich.) in an upcoming primary.

Haley and Scavino were reportedly given warnings from the OSC.