Sarah Huckabee Sanders Violated Hatch Act by Tweeting Kanye West-MAGA Hat Photo, Says Watchdog

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders violated the Hatch Act when she posted a picture of herself and Kanye West adorned in a "Make America Great Again" hat to her official government Twitter account, according to a government watchdog's complaint.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, claimed Friday that Sanders's tweet was a violation of a law that prohibits government employees from using their status to affect the outcome of an election.

"Never a dull moment in the @realDonaldTrump White House. Thank you Kanye West!" Sanders tweeted Thursday when the hip-hop star spoke with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

Never a dull moment in the @realDonaldTrump White House. Thank you Kanye West!

— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 11, 2018

Sanders did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment about the complaint.

"This administration does not seem to care about what the law says when it comes to ethics issues like using official positions for politics," CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. "How many investigations and findings of violations are needed until this administration takes action to stop the misuse of government resources for political activity?"

CREW filed its seven-page complaint with the Office of Special Counsel asserting that Sanders "appears to have used her official @PressSec Twitter account to make a partisan political post supporting candidate Donald J. Trump."

The watchdog had targeted other Trump administration officials over what it claimed to be violations of the Hatch Act. In August, Sanders and nine other officials were accused of tweeting the hashtag "MAGA" or the full "Make America Great Again" mantra that became Trump's signature throughout his 2016 campaign and continued into his administration.

Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, was found by the OSC in September to have violated the Hatch Act with a "MAGA" hashtag in a tweet and was issued a warning.

West's visit to the White House sparked intense partisan takes when he said, among other things, that when he put on a "MAGA" hat he felt like "Superman." Conservatives praised the unconventional Oval Office meeting featuring the Grammy-winning artist, while there was outcry from liberals over the rapper's overt support for the president.

"But there's times where, you know, there's something about—you know, I love Hillary. I love everyone, right?" West said. "But the campaign "I'm with her" just didn't make me feel, as a guy, that didn't get to see my dad all the time—like a guy that could play catch with his son. It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman."

Trump offered praise of West calling him a longtime friend and describing his at times hard-to-decipher soliloquy as "great."

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media in front of the West Wing of the White House, on October 4 in Washington, D.C. Getty Images/Mark Wilson