Patton had been the vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation and reportedly planned Eric Trump’s wedding before she was named to a top post at the HUD, where she regularly criticized political statements on the matter.
She had previously been embroiled in complaints under the Hatch Act. The same Office of Special Counsel reprimanded her in 2019 for using her official government Twitter account to advertise political tweets and display a red “USA” hat sold by the Trump campaign in her office.
At the beginning of 2019 she had posted on facebook that they are “honest [didn’t] doesn’t care anymore ”whether her tweets violated the Hatch Act.
Noah Bookbinder, president of the ethics group that filed the complaint, described the employment ban as “gratifying.”
“Even in a government marked by persistent disregard for ethics laws, Lynne Patton stood out,” Bookbinder said in a statement emailed Tuesday. “What made her behavior particularly egregious was that she not only used her position for political ends, but misled social housing residents and exploited them for political ends. She showed little consideration for the people she was supposed to help and the ethics she should obey. “
Patton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.