Former HUD official, Lynne Patton, was fined $1,000 and barred from federal employment for four years for violating the Hatch Act.
The law prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in political activities while working.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Patton because of a video she produced with New York City Housing residents for the 2020 Republican Nation Convention.
“Even in an administration marked by a callous disregard for ethics laws, Lynne Patton stood out,” Noah Bookbinder, President of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an email.
“What made her behavior particularly egregious was that she not only used her position for political purposes, she misled and exploited public housing residents for political gain, showing little regard for the people she was supposed to be helping and the ethics rules she was supposed to be following.”
Patton served as Housing and Urban Development regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. Prior to that, she was the vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation and reportedly planned Eric Trump’s wedding.