"The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence for the objective of interfering with or affecting the outcome of an election".
According to the OSC report, Conway was in violation of the Hatch Act by advocating for defeat of Democrat Doug Jones and expressing support for Republican Roy Moore in the December 2017 Alabama Senate special election during television interviews on November 20 and December 6, 2017.
The complaint also indicates that she was warned after her first interview on Fox, but still appeared on CNN to advocate for Moore, seeming to ignore their advice. "He's bad for property owners", Conway said about then-Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones (D-Ala.) during a November appearance on Fox and Friends televised from the White House lawn.
This is not the first time Conway has violated federal ethics laws.
Referring to Jones, she said, "He'll be a reliable vote for tax hikes, he'll be a reliable vote against border security, he'll be a reliable vote against national security, against the Second Amendment, against life".
"I just want everybody to know Doug Jones, nobody ever says his name and pretends he is some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama", she said.
The White House disputed the independent agency's findings. "He is bad for property owners".
Technically, these two incidents violate the Hatch Act, but it's ... not much.
Asked about his views on the disputed meeting on June 9th, 2016 in Trump Tower, at which Donald Trump jnr and others met Russian individuals having been promised incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, Mr Nunberg said he believed that then presidential-candidate Donald Trump had known about the meetings.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley denied Conway did anything wrong, despite her own words in the Fox interview. "In fact, Kellyanne's statements actually show her intention and desire to comply with the Hatch Act-as she twice declined to respond to the host's specific invitation to encourage Alabamians to vote for the Republican".
"It's very disturbing that the White House chief of staff is going to let White House lawyers say the Hatch Act means something entirely different than what the agency charged with enforcing the Hatch Act says it means", Painter told Business Insider.