Lynne Patton, a former Trump administration official, was fined and barred from federal employment for four years after violating the Hatch Law, the U.S. Office of Special Advocates said on Tuesday.
The investigative agency announced a deal with Patton, who oversaw housing and urban development in New York and New Jersey from 2017, and said she abused her office to help the effort re-election of former President Donald Trump in 2020.
In 2019, as the regional manager of HUD, Patton announced his intention to spend a month living in public housing in New York City. The Office of the Special Advisor said she used her position inappropriately when she later recruited one of the residents she met to find other residents who would say positive things about Trump for a video that would be shown at the Republican National Convention.
“Using the NYCHA information and connections available to her solely by virtue of her HUD position, Patton has abused the authority of her federal position to aid the Trump campaign in violation of the Hatch Act,” the office said in a statement. Press release.
In addition to his four-year federal employment ban, Patton will pay a fine of $ 1,000. The announcement will likely spark discussions about other potential Hatch lawbreakers, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway, advisers who frequently made political statements while in office.
Patton’s powerful role in HUD has been widely criticized from the moment Trump named her. Patton, like former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, had no experience in housing policy until Trump chose her to lead Region 2, the densely populated region comprising New York and New Jersey. Prior to working at HUD, where she briefly worked as an advisor to the secretary, Patton was an aide to the Trump family and the son of the former president, Eric Trump.
In 2019, during her brief stay in social housing in New York City, many residents and roommates saw the passage as a publicity stunt. Patton openly condemned the public housing conditions and blamed them entirely on New York officials, who were frequently the target of the former president. In fact, the experts said continued HUD cuts are responsible for the lack of affordable and quality housing in the United States. Asset offers cut billions of dollars from HUD’s budget in its 2021 financial plan released last year.
In 2019, Patton controversial claims she had received permission from “the Trump family” to appear on a reality TV show while working as a senior HUD official.
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