Lynne Patton, a Trump administration official who worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been fined $ 1,000 and has been barred from federal employment for two years for violating the Hatch Act. Patton, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters and former party planner for Eric Trump’s wedding, filmed a video of New York City tenants talking about how bad New York’s federal housing was. But she later turned the video into a two-minute clip used to criticize Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Republican National Conference – to the horror of the Trump-hating tenants she interviewed.
As part of a settlement with the Special Counsel Office, she accepted that she violated the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from using their jobs for political gain. Noah Bookbinder, president of the nonprofit organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said, “Even in an administration marked by a rude violation of ethical laws, Lynne Patton stood out.”
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