The/NYTimes/ also reported this today–on p. 13.
Special Counsel: Bush Administration Broke Law
*Using White House Office to Brief Political Employees, Bush
Administration Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel Says*
*(AP) * WASHINGTON – The White House Office of Political Affairs during
the George W. Bush administration violated the law by giving briefings
to political employees, concludes a government report issued Monday.
The report says the electoral success of the Republican Party and
possible strategies for achieving it often were on the agenda at some 75
political briefings at 20 federal agencies from 2001 to 2007. Prohibited
political activities were prevalent in the months running up to the 2006
midterm elections, according to the report.
The Office of Special Counsel concluded that such briefings should take
place away from the federal workplace during nonbusiness hours and that
attendance should be completely optional.