Trump administration hires official whose name surfaced in Ashley Madison hack

The Trump administration has brought on a new official whose name once appeared on the hacked list of account holders using cheating website Ashley Madison.

Jason Doré started in his role as the assistant chief counsel for external affairs for the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy on Monday, Doré confirmed to POLITICO. Before stepping into his new position, where his office advocates on behalf of small business concerns relative to federal regulation, Doré served as the executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party.

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The 2015 Ashley Madison hack involved the release of millions of user email addresses. Doré told the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 2015 that he used the Ashley Madison account generated in 2013 for professional legal work.

"As the state's leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports," Doré said at the time. "Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time."

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According to Doré's account, he spent $175.98 on the site.

The new Trump administration official told POLITICO the situation "really never came up" in his recent job interviews.

"I addressed it at the time. It's not a secret," he said.

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