Politico reports that the DeVos family is funding the campaign of the Republican candidate for Governor in Virginia.

According to Politico:

TEACHERS UNIONS TARGET GILLESPIE IN VA GOVERNOR’S RACE: Teachers unions are stepping up their opposition to Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie – and they’re using an emerging tactic on the left: linking him to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. National and local union leaders said on Tuesday that they would be mobilizing against Gillespie by highlighting his ties to DeVos, as they back his Democratic opponent Ralph Northam. Gillespie has accepted more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from the DeVos family. “Ed Gillespie can dress it up in any which way he wishes to, but the bottom line is he is a clone of Betsy DeVos. The agenda that Gillespie is pushing for is an agenda that hurts kids,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

– Gillespie campaign spokesman David Abrams told Morning Education: “Ed appreciates his support from members of the DeVos family, and is laser-focused on policies that ensure every child in Virginia has access to a high quality, safe and student-focused education. National teachers unions oppose innovative reforms that empower parents like Ed’s plan does, and want a governor who will maintain the education status quo like Lt. Governor Northam would.”

It is startling to see a member of the Cabinet spending money freely on state political campaigns.

Is DeVos violating the Hatch Act?

It was clear that her nomination for Secretary of Education was approved by Republicans who had received large donations from her and her family. But will she now hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars to determine races for governor, for Congress, for state and local school boards, even as she serves as Secretary of Education?

In another era (like a year ago), this behavior would have been roundly condemned as unseemly and inappropriate. In the Trump era, anything goes.