On Friday, the Department of Transportation put out a cartoon meme on its official account.
The cartoon is openly touting the Build Back Better plan.
The blatant propaganda appears to break anti-lobbying laws on official government accounts.
Rules, What Rules?
Obviously, members of the administration can tout legislation.
Their agencies, however, cannot, but that is what happened here.
The cartoon meme that the Transportation Department posted has a young boy touting the Build Back Better act, which is considered lobbying for the legislation…
— TransportationGov (@USDOT) November 26, 2021
If the meme does not violate the law, it sure is walking a fine line, something quite a few people picked up on after the cartoon was sent out…
This appears to be lobbying. I didn't think federal agencies were allowed to be so blatant in promoting specific legislation. The Secretary of Transportation can, of course, but the DOT's official website? Seems unusual.
— Chuck DeVore (@ChuckDeVore) November 27, 2021
Why is an official government Twitter account making propaganda memes to support an infrastructure bill from the sitting president? https://t.co/ytystjPcaM
— Cameron Dixon 🪓💀🪶 (@praxisofman) November 27, 2021
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which would be charged with investigating the violation, has not yet returned any inquiries into the matter.
This comes not long after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was accused of violating the Hatch Act earlier this year.
We all know the reaction when a Trump official did something like this, so this administration must be held to the same standard.
That being Buttigieg’s department, he is the one that must ultimately be held responsible for this.
Source: Fox News