Kathleen Sebelius Hits Campaign Trail After Breaking Election Law
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/26/12 4:26 PM
Fresh from a report showing she broke the law in advocating for President Barack Obama’s re-election, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now heading to the campaign trail.
Sebelius faced no punishment for her actions, despite calls for her to step down, but the Washington Examiner indicates the pro-abortion Cabinet official is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for Obama.
Sebelius will travel to New Hampshire this weekend for a swing of “grassroots events” with Obama, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. The campaign trip comes after the Office of Special Counsel found that Sebelius had violated federal campaign law by campaigning for Obama during an official event.
“OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012,” the investigator explained. “The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”
The Democratic National Committee reimbursed HHS for the expense of her trip after Sebelius made her stump speech for the president.
Despite the violation, the report did not suggest the Obama administration take any action against the pro-abortion HHS secretary.
According to Fox News, White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained in a statement what Sebelius will be put through additional training but will not be punished.
“As the Office of Special Counsel has noted, these were extemporaneous remarks, the Health and Human Services Department has since reclassified the event to meet the correct standard, the U.S. Treasury has been reimbursed and Secretary Sebelius has met with ethics experts to ensure this never happens again,” Schultz said. “This error was immediately acknowledged by the Secretary, promptly corrected and no taxpayer dollars were misused.”
He said the administration holds itself “to the highest ethical standards.”
Following the news, Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association told LifeNews they are calling for the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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“Throughout her tenure at Health and Human Services, most of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ actions have advanced the President’s political interests,” they said. “We already know she is willing to violate the First Amendment rights of Americans for political purposes, so why should we be surprised when she bends other laws to score political points? In violating the Hatch Act, Secretary Sebelius has made it clear that her concern with the reelection of President Obama supersedes her professional integrity, and she cannot be trusted to implement ObamaCare given her partisan political nature.”
They added: “Kathleen Sebelius should resign; it is unfair for her to oversee a new entitlement program that impacts 1/7th of the American economy when she is unable to adhere to federal law.”
Previously, pro-life advocates exposed the role Sebelius had in a document shredding scandal that saw her administration’s Attorney General shred documents important to a case concerning Planned Parenthood.