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July 15, 2014

Recycled Ploys: Lois Lerner's Former Co-Worker at the FEC Also Had Her Hard Drive Recycled During an Inquiry

"Mr. Bond, we have a saying in Chicago: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

I wonder what Goldfinger would say about eight hard drives.

The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands -- a former co-worker of Lois Lerner's -- hindering an investigation into Sands' partisan political activities, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Sands resigned from the Federal Election Commission in April after she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities on federal time and at federal facilities.

The twist is that Sands also worked under Lois Lerner when the ex-IRS agent -- who is currently embroiled in a scandal over the targeting of conservative political groups -- worked at the FEC’s enforcement division.

I don't think Sands' offense was that great --she posted intensely partisan crap on her Twitter account during work hours, in violation of the law, yes, but as far as violations of the law go, it's no big shakes.

On the other hand, this bureaucrat charged with policing elections for violations explicitly declared the GOP to be her "enemy," casting a great deal of doubt on her ability to put her personal politics to the side when doing her job as an Election Cop.


But while her stupid twitter account is no big shakes, it's very suspicious that yet another hard drive has been recycled:

The FEC's Office of Inspector General sought to conduct a criminal investigation into Sands' activities but were stymied when they found that the agency had recycled her computer hard drive.

"Therefore the OIG was unable to show that Ms. Sands’ solicitations and political activity were done from an FEC computer," reads the letter.

Because of this, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined criminal prosecution.

Fortunately enough for her, huh?


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