The Hatch Act and Hillary Clinton

In 2007, Hillary Clinton gave an epic smack down on George W. Bush and his use of “secret email accounts.”  She declared that this evidence of secrecy and lack of transparency in the executive branch should stop.  (This is where I usually snort.)

Then, she became Secretary of State, set up a private email server in her home, and used it exclusively to conduct all of her state business.

I watch, read and listen to the news reports and wonder what low-information voters get out of all this stuff.  Seriously.  They are busy.  They are rushing off to work, they have to actually pay their bills, are trying to keep food on the table and may not have time to really process all of the information.  And, I have figured out that the typical, busy American probably thinks: 1. Hillary didn’t do anything wrong and 2. The republicans did the same thing during the Bush Administration.

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Ok, let’s start at the beginning.  Every time democrats do something indefensible, they say that everyone does it, it is no big deal, and oh, by the way, evil Republicans did that when Bush was in office.  However, I think there is a lesson here about glass houses, rocks and throwing stuff.

What, exactly, did the Bush administration do? Was it bad and was it similar, at all, to what Hillary did?  Let’s find out, shall we?

hillary-clinton-twitterAccording to Dana Perino, former press secretary for George W. Bush, the Bush administration did use private email accounts which were separate from their official, government email accouts.  They did this to comply with the Hatch Act.

From “The Hatch Act of 1939 is a piece of United States federal legislation which prohibits federal employees, employees of the District of Columbia and certain employees of state and local governments from engaging in partisan political activity.  The Act was named after Senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico who protested the political involvement of federal employees in primaries and general elections and sponsored the bill that became the Hatch Act.”

Ok, so the idea is that if you are conducting election-type correspondence, you should do that separately from your official, government account.  Or (since this was in 1939) you should use plain paper and not your official water-stamped, special government stationary.

See what I mean?  If you are campaigning for reelection and all of your correspondence is from the Oval Office, it gives you an advantage. There should be separate paper or email for campaigns.

In the 2008-2012 Hillary version, you should use a different account when you want to beg people for money.  You should not use a “” account when you are CAMPAIGNING.  But, when you conduct official state business, you should use an official government account — that correspondence is the property of the people of the United States of America and must be turned in to the state department when you leave office. (There is even a form for that; Hillary didn’t sign it.  Oops.)

Now, it is really nice that Marie Harf says she is not going to investigate Clinton’s email server.  Aw!

But, it doesn’t hold water.  All of the AP lawsuits and congressional subpoenas to see Hillary’s emails while she was Secretary of State will (or at least they should) be upheld.  That server needs to be seized and examined.

Now, to the press conference that the snark master, Hillary Clinton, gave on Tuesday.  I have said the Clintons must be in awe of the way that the Obamas have conducted their lies and deceit over the past six years.  If only the vast right wing conspiracy weren’t against them, if the media were as compliant, the Clintons could get away with as much as the Obamas have.

Alas, this is not to be so.  And, I really have no idea why.    The Obamas can lie, cheat and steal, and the media will do nothing about it.  Why they are rolling on Hillary, I have no idea.  But, Pulitzers will be won, I am telling you.

Hillary said that she used one email account for “convenience” and that she wanted to use one device instead of multiple devices.  Is she really that daft? You can have multiple accounts on one device.  Everyone knows that, even I know that.

And, the last time I checked, “convenience” isn’t really required in order to comply with federal law. I mean, is it really “convenient” for all of you to pay your taxes?  Not really.  But, you do it anyway.

So, the drama continues.  Hillary’s excuses for breaking the law were idiotic.  The state department’s defense of her was bizarre and pointless.  The AP’s lawsuit against her to retrieve all of her email correspondence continues, and we will keep watching to see what unfolds.

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Julie Love

Julie Love is a former CPA who currently home-schools her two children. She earned her MS in Journalism from Ohio University in 2002. She was raised in rural Ohio and now lives in the big city of Cleveland.
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