Hatch Act violations FCC Commissioner Pai, Press release on FCC Letterhead congratulating Donald Trump nominee Jeff Sessions, and his Political Remarks that are now advertised on FCC website
Except for the President, Vice-President and certain designated officials, under the Hatch Act employees in the executive branch of the federal government are prohibited from engaging in some forms of political activity. FCC is constitutionally a part of the executive branch.
The FCC is an independent agency, and when it comes to politics the FCC are regulators for equal time for political candidates, not what we have in FCC Commissioner Pai. Like Comey, Pai felt it was some need for him to announce in a FCC release of his support of controversial political nominee, Jeff Sessions.
On your own time is one thing, but Commissioner Pai using the FCC letterhead to advertise his support of Jeff Sessions and the FCC website to promote an political agenda is a violation. Commissioner Pai has taken advantage of his position and the FCC website to push is own agenda.
The Current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, appointed by President Obama will be stepping down on January 20, 2017. Is Commissioner Ajit Pai angling to be chairman?
Commissioner Ajit Pai was an appointee seat for the Republican position at the FCC.
The agency is directed by five commissioners who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The president also selects one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners can be of the same political party at any given time and none can have a financial interest in any commission-related business. All commissioners, including the chairman, have five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term.
The following remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai are posted on the FCC website.
REMARKS OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
BEFORE THE FREE STATE FOUNDATION’S
TENTH ANNIVERSARY GALA LUNCHEON
DECEMBER 7, 2016
On issue after issue at the FCC, the Free State Foundation has spoken out forcefully and
eloquently on behalf of limited government, the rule of law, and rigorous economic analysis. It has been
a key voice fighting against the FCC’s regulatory overreach in areas such as Title II, business data
services, municipal broadband, set-top boxes, and broadband privacy.
Unfortunately, the FCC lately has been providing Free State’s scholars with plenty of material to
criticize. But I’m optimistic that last month’s election will prove to be an inflection point—and that
during the Trump Administration, we will shift from playing defense at the FCC to going on offense.
Indeed, I believe the new year will bring the best opportunity in the Free State Foundation’s existence for
it to advance public policy that reflects our shared principles.