U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' impromptu-and-revoked endorsement of Walter Dalton in the Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year apparently violated federal law.
Politico reported this Wednesday: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain political activity, when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday. The office sent an official report and Sebelius’s response to the president. Sebelius made the remarks in a speech on Feb. 25, 2012, the office said. “After the event, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reclassified the trip from official to political and issued a statement to that effect,” the report says. HHS reimbursed the Treasury for the costs and expenses. OSC said it “found no evidence that Secretary Sebelius made any other political statements in her official capacity.”