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 ConwayWhite House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' 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 KavanaughConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Kavanaugh shows his stripes on Supreme Court's 'shadow docket' Ginsburg back at Supreme Court 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 TrumpTrump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? 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) HaleyHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job United Methodist churches may cut ties with denomination over push to allow LGBT ministers Nikki Haley: ‘I’m too young to stop fighting’ 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 AmashBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism Schiff: Intel chiefs testimony may ‘undermine’ Trump’s ability to declare emergency for wall MORE (R-Mich.) in an upcoming primary.

Haley and Scavino were reportedly given warnings from the OSC.