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 ConwayTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China The White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos George Conway: 'I hereby order White House staff' to admit Trump to 'Walter Reed' 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 KavanaughTrump wishes Ginsburg well after radiation treatment for tumor Ginsburg completes radiation treatment for cancerous tumor Mississippi professor, who went to Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost 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 TrumpThe White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report 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) HaleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Nikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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 AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) in an upcoming primary.

Haley and Scavino were reportedly given warnings from the OSC.