The draft of the complaint stated that “approximately 15 minutes of the 21-minute appearance was consumed by Ms. Conway advocating against the election of Democrat Doug Jones” and “additionally defending or advocating for the election of Jones’ Republican opponent, Roy Moore.”
Conway refrained from giving her opinion specifically during the interview, saying, “My feelings don’t matter — anytime I express a feeling about a candidate, people who want to make themselves relevant get airtime and Twitter time.”
Last month, Shaub submitted his first Hatch Act complaint
against Conway after she appeared on Fox News and advocated against Jones. She addressed the heated Alabama race and Moore’s Democratic competitor, saying, “Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners.”
Conway added: “I just want everybody to know, Doug Jones, nobody ever says his name, and pretends he is some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama. And he’s not.”
After that interview, Shaub tweeted
: “I found the video. She’s standing In front of the White House. It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate. … “
Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at Campaign Legal Center, said the US Office of Special Counsel acknowledged receipt of the first complaint and indicated that it would open a file on the issue.