Law Newz: Group Seeks Investigation of Ben Carson’s Appearance at Trump Event


Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson appeared at a rally for President Donald Trump on Tuesday, prompting the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) to seek an investigation of whether his presence violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits government officials from using their government positions or titles in endorsing political candidates of a particular party.


Walter Shaub, senior director of ethics at CLC, andformer director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), said, “Misuse of the government’s authority to support a partisan political candidate is an issue that should be taken seriously to deter future violations.” Shaub also said, “Failure to address this misconduct would send the wrong message. We’re in the unusual circumstance of the presidential election cycle having started only months after the last election, which leaves plenty of time for the violations to multiply if there’s no accountability.

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