Departments of: Transportation Interior Housing and Urban Development Education Agriculture Health and Human Services Energy Veterans Administration Small Business Administration Office of National Drug Control Policy WASHINGTON — In the run-up to the 2006 midterm election in which Republicans lost control of the House, the Bush administration repeatedly broke the law by using federal funds to send Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees to congressional districts of GOP candidates in tight races, according to a government report. "Because those trips were classified as official, funds from the U.S. Treasury were used to finance the trips and reimbursement from the relevant campaigns was never sought," stated the report by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that enforces Hatch Act restrictions on partisan political activity inside the federal government. Report: Bush administration broke law in '06 races Bush political office overstepped limits, investigators say - CNN.com The findings of the report by the Office of Special Counsel echo those of a 2008 House Oversight Committee investigation, which concluded that the activities of the Office of Political Affairs during the administration of President George W. Bush represented a "gross abuse of the public trust." The council also noted concern over the political activities of OPA staffers in the Reagan administration -- during which the office emerged in its current form. ------------------------------------------- What these people don't seem to understand is that it's OK when Republicans rip off the American People. Ask their base. Come on USMB GOP, "Defend".