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Ivanka Trump Violated Federal Law 8 Times In 2 Days, Watchdog Says

Under The Hatch Act of 1939, certain government employees are not allowed to use their position to promote partisan political activity.

Ivanka Trump attends a campaign event for her father President Donald Trump in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 14, 2020 | Getty Images
Ivanka Trump attends a campaign event for her father President Donald Trump in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 14, 2020 | Getty Images

Ivanka Trump violated federal law eight times in just two days by promoting her father President Trump’s campaign for re-election while working as a government employee, according to ethics watchdog Citizens For Ethics.

Ivanka’s violation stemmed from eight tweets from October 11 to 13 in which she promoted her father’s re-election campaign. Ivanka’s Twitter bio reads: “Advisor to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship,” along with “Views are my own.” 

The violations are against The Hatch Act of 1939, which established that certain federal employees cannot participate in partisan politics “to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation.” The act also prohibits employees from coercing or pressuring other employees from taking part in political activity. 

Government employees in the past have been suspended and even forced to resign for violating the Hatch Act, and several Trump administration employees have since violated the law seemingly without any consequences. 

According to the Washington Post, Special Counsel Henry Kerner has cited at least nine high-level employees in the Trump administration who have violated the law. Kellyanne Conway was reportedly a “repeat offender” while working in her position as a counselor for the president. 

After watchdog groups pointed out Hatch Act violations during the Republican National Convention in August, the Office Of Special Counsel (OSC) released a statement saying government employees can not be punished “merely by attending” the RNC. The OSC also said it receives a “growing number of complaints” during election years.

“OSC is charged with encouraging compliance with the law through its robust training and advisory functions,” Kerner said in a statement. “Ultimately, officials and employees choose whether to comply with the law. Once they make that choice, it is OSC's statutory role to receive complaints, investigate alleged Hatch Act violations, and determine which ones warrant prosecution.”

According to Citizens For Ethics, Ivanka’s Twitter account is often used as an outlet for official government business, which means her recent series of tweets that promote Donald Trump for reelection violate federal law: