The Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Tuesday an agreement with former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official Lynne Patton, a political appointee and ally of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Joe Biden’s surprising presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden and McConnell agree on vaccines, infrastructure clash Republican battle with MLB escalates MORE‘s, for a violation of the Hatch Act for a video he produced for the Republican National Convention last year.
As part of the settlement, Patton admitted that he violated the Hatch Act with the video in which the then-HUD Region II administrator interviewed residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) about their living conditions. and apparently did not let participants know that the video would be used for political purposes.
“During his stay of about a month, Patton met the residents and then took advantage of one of these relationships to recruit participants to film a video that would air on the RNC. Patton wanted NYCHA residents to appear in the video to explain how it had been their standard of living. improved under the Trump administration, “the OSC said in a press release.
“By using NYCHA information and connections available to her solely by virtue of her position at HUD, Patton misused the authority of her federal office to assist the Trump campaign in violation of the Hatch Act,” the statement continued.
Under the settlement, Patton will be barred from federal employment for two years and will pay a $ 1,000 fine.
Patton was one of Trump’s top supporters in 2016 and spoke on stage at the Republican National Convention that year. Following her victory in the 2016 election, she was appointed to HUD and served until the end of her administration.
In a statement to The New York Times last year, Patton denied that any of the participants were misled about the purpose of the video, even though several of them told the Times they were not informed that it would be played at the convention.
“Each participated regardless of political party because they recognized the importance of having a voice on the national stage and the undeniable improvements that have occurred under this administration,” Patton said of the video in August 2020.
The Trump administration was the target of multiple violations of the Hatch Act during his four years in office. The OSC previously recommended that the then White House adviser Kellyanne conwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway The Memorandum: Post-Presidency Trump Mystery Dozens of Trump Appointees “ Buried ” in the Biden Administration George Conway Calls for a Comprehensive Investigation of the Lincoln Project: “ The Lies Have to Stop ” PLUS being fired for being a repeat offender.