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Quigley Introduces "RNC Act" to Curb White House Corruption

Aug 25, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Reducing Nefarious Crimes Act – or RNC Act – to increase penalties for violating the Hatch Act and make it clear that the American people take ethics in government seriously. The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from using their official roles for campaign purposes. Members of the Trump administration have flagrantly violated this statue throughout the past three years, with senior Administration officials even being reprimanded by the Office of Special Counsel, yet all have continued in their roles without consequence. The RNC Act would ensure that any current or future occupants of the White House face actual repercussions for the violation of the Hatch Act.

“From Kellyanne Conway to Sarah Sanders to the President’s own daughter, Ivanka Trump, more than a dozen members of this administration have callously violated the law. Despite recommendations from OSC and complaints from the public, not a single official has faced any consequences or been removed from their position. Instead, they have repeated the same actions again and again without fear of true consequences,” said Quigley. “We must make it clear to this administration – and every administration that follows – that no one is above the law.”

This week, President Trump plans to accept his party’s nomination from the White House lawn, creating a chaotic tangle of official and campaign resources, and exactly the type of flagrant abuse that the Hatch Act is intended to prevent. While the President is not subject to the Hatch Act’s rules, many of the White House and executive branch staff working during his unethical show are and will almost certainly be in violation of the Act.

The Hatch Act currently penalizes violators through removal from federal service and civil penalties. However, these penalties have failed to prevent repeated violations. The RNC Act would increase penalties to include possible fines up to $50,000 and possible disbarment from federal employment to up to 7 years. The bill would also define all of the White House, aside from the residence, as a federal building or federal property for purposes of the Hatch Act.

“This week marks the most blatant violations of the Hatch Act so far because the current penalties do not discourage repeat offenses,” Quigley continued. “The RNC Act would finally make it clear that the American people will not accept unethical behavior from their leaders.”

The RNC Act is co-sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09).

The text of the bill is available HERE.