Republicans are investigating another Obama administration official who played politics on the job but escaped prosecution when the Federal Election Commission recycled her hard drive before evidence could be recovered.
April J. Sands resigned her position as an FEC attorney in April 2014 after investigators confronted her with tweets she sent and a video interview she conducted during work hours, advocating for the election of President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates – and asking people to contribute to their campaigns.
When the FEC’s Office of Inspector General began the process of filing criminal charges, however, it found that the agency had destroyed her computer’s hard drive before it could be seized.
Following an investigation into her partisan political activity, Sands admitted to the FEC’s Office of Special Counsel that she had violated the Hatch Act, a federal law banning partisan politicking by most government employees, and agreed not to seek employment in the federal government for two years.
The special counsel wrote that she had ‘posted dozens of partisan political tweets, including many soliciting campaign contributions to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.’
She also ‘participated in a Huffington Post Live internet broadcast via webcam from an FEC facility, criticizing the Republican Party and then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.’
An FEC attorney who is still employed by the agency told MailOnline on Monday that Sands was known in the agency as ‘the most enthusiastic pro-Obama lawyer we had.’
‘Everyone called her Obama girl,’ said the lawyer, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the record.
In case you missed it, Ms. Sands was an ATTORNEY. Some people can plausibly claim ignorance of the law (not that it is any excuse) but an ATTORNEY working for the FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION can reasonably be expected to know about that that obscure legal technicality known as the Hatch Act.
But wait! There’s more!
The Oversight Committee press release notes that Sands worked for former IRS official Lois Lerner when Lerner served as the FEC’s Associate General Counsel for Enforcement: “It is unclear whether Sands ever communicated with Ms. Lerner after Lerner moved to the IRS; however, the Committee is aware that Ms. Lerner maintained communication with some former FEC colleagues. Ms. Lerner even apparently shared information protected by section 6103 of the tax code with the FEC.”
I’m sure that’s just a coinky-dink.
Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee is demanding documents and information from the FEC regarding this new mysterious hard drive destruction. You know what that means – this is another “fake” scandal being whipped up by the GOP and Fox News.