Which appointees? Dep't. of Treasury and Commerce officials and...dun dun dunnn...Dep't. of Justice?
This bunch would politicize paint if they had the chance:
Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy.
Political appointees in the Treasury Department received at least 10 political briefings from July 2001 to August 2006, officials familiar with the meetings said. Their counterparts at the Commerce Department received at least four briefings — all in the election years of 2002, 2004 and 2006.
The Hatch Act says cabinet members and other political appointees cannot spend taxpayer money to benefit candidates. Bad appointees! You are so grounded!
The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether the White House's political briefings to at least 15 agencies, including to the Justice Department, the General Services Administration and the State Department, violated a ban on the use of government resources for campaign activities.
Who else was involved? Come o-o-on...Who's our little Repubbie? Who's our little political director? Be a good criminal and smile for the Dems! What a punum.
During the briefings at Treasury and Commerce ... Ken Mehlman and other White House aides detailed competitive congressional districts, battleground election states and key media markets and outlined GOP strategy for getting out the vote.
Who's your little friend, Kenny? Who's that roly poly, dorky, balding-yet-fuzzy-headed goon to your right?
The briefings are part of the legacy of White House political adviser Karl Rove...
What a couple of scamps Kenny and Karl are! Just can't stay out of mischief!
However, it remains to be seen whether the subsequent department actions were intentional, said the aide, who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing.
"Ongoing investigations" is White House for "Georgie won't tattle on his chums".
Violations of the Hatch Act are treated as administrative, not criminal, matters, and punishment for violations ranges from suspension to termination.
I'll take termination for 100, Alex. And then jail.
Commerce Department spokesman Dan Nelson described the meetings [in question] as merely "informational."
"Informational"? OhhahaaahaHAAAAA ::deep breath:: HahahaHAHAHAAAAHAHAAA!!
"Nothing remotely like that happened," during the Clinton administration, [John D. "Jerry" Hawke, who served as Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance in the Clinton administration] said. "I never experienced anything like that. The notion that the White House would be holding meetings with Treasury appointees just didn't fit."
Right answer, Mr. Hawke. You win.