Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated the Hatch Act during a 2021 Instagram Live interview with “Marie Claire” magazine, according to a report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
The federal law bars some federal government employees from using their official authority or influence to impact the results of an election.
During the interview in October 2021, Granholm was asked: “How do we get involved in this moment to make sure we pass these things?”
The interviewer was discussing policies that she said were “of particular interest to women, and for which women had ‘marched’ in the past, and how Congress is trying to pass legislation to enact some of those policies,” according to the report.
“The good news is that … marching and that voting gave Democrats a bare majority, but a majority, in the House in the Senate. And again, I am using Democrats as a substitute for the policies that you believe in, the policies that you would like to see happen. And what I say to people all the time is the most important thing you can do is make your voice heard. Vote! Put people in who agree with you. MORE