According to Forbes, as part of a settlement agreement with the Office of Special Counsel over a Hatch Act violation, former Trump Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton is barred from serving in the federal government for four years.
In addition, Patton — whose violation involved “using her official role to produce a video for the 2020 Republican convention” — will be fined $1,000, per the report.
Patton was found to have used her role as a regional HUD administrator to stay in New York public housing for a month and “leveraged” a relationship she made during her stay to “recruit participants to film a video that would air at the RNC.”
Several of the tenants who appeared in the video, which was highly critical of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and heaped praise on former President Trump, later said they were tricked into appearing and stated they are not Trump supporters.
Ethics watchdogs had flagged alleged Hatch Act violations by a number of Trump officials during the convention, including former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, though Patton’s were seen as some of the most egregious.
Forbes reported that Patton admitted that she “improperly harnessed the authority of her federal position to assist the Trump campaign.”
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