It is rightly against the law for federal government employees to go on leave from work to promote a candidate’s campaign. This would amount to the federal support of one candidate over another, a clearly unfair practice. It would also open the door to possible job promotions based on employees’ willingness to support the candidate of choice.
We must remember that the Clintons do not see such laws as applying to them. Or at least they are so used to getting away with skirting the law, that it is just a routine matter for them. After all, if there are no consequences to breaking the law, then as Bill would say, “What’s the big deal?”
It might be a big deal this time as the United States Postal Service allowed their employees to work on the Hillary campaign while on leave from the agency. The statute that makes this illegal is the Hatch Act.
“The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News.
“The OSC determined the USPS ‘engaged in systemic violations’ of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. While employees are allowed to do some political work on leave, the report said the Postal Service showed a ‘bias’ favoring the union’s 2016 campaign operation.”
This investigation into this violation of law actually got its start from citizens’ complaints to Congress.
“The investigation was launched months ago after Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., brought constituent complaints to the OSC in October. The constituent, identified as a USPS employee, was concerned the Postal Service ‘incurred unnecessary overtime costs’ and ‘improperly coordinated’ with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) when it released members for several weeks of ‘union official’ leave without pay to participate in campaign work.”
Effectively, the USPS was funding support for the campaign of Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. And there is the violation.
And don’t worry, these letter carriers turned campaign staff did not have to go without income. “According to the report, roughly 97 NALC members requested the leave without pay to participate. The NALC, which endorsed Clinton last June, compensated those USPS workers using the Letter Carrier Political Fund, the union’s PAC.”
The Postmaster General claims they did nothing wrong, at least not deliberately. You make make of the following statement what you wish.
“[Postmaster General] Brennan said that the practice to grant leave without pay for NALC political activity has been in place for approximately 20 years, but that all violations of the Hatch Act were ‘unintentional.'”
Note he is not denying violations of the Hatch Act, just that he and his colleagues were not aware that they were doing so, hence the claim that violations were “unintentional.”
On the other hand, we have this statement:
“According to OSC Acting Special Counsel Adam Miles, the NALC provided lists of letter carriers to participate in campaign activity to a senior headquarters USPS labor relations official, who then emailed the lists to other USPS officials across the country. According to Miles, the local officials ‘interpreted the communications as directives’ from USPS headquarters to release the carriers on union official leave without pay.”
To boil it down, someone finally called out the USPS and the NALC for violations that have been routine for years. Now that this practice has been revealed, they are claiming that none of this was intentional, and offered assurances that it is a practice that will be stopped,
That may all be nice, but once again we have officially orchestrated corruption used to advance the Clinton campaign.
All of this “unintentional” help only serves to make President Trump’s victory over the Queen of Corruption all the more remarkable.
Source: Fox News