The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to an Office of Special Counsel (OSC) report.
“The Labor 2016 program sought to ‘elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country,’” the report said, citing campaign work like door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
“We concluded that the USPS practice of facilitating and directing carrier releases for the union’s political activity resulted in an institutional bias in favor of NALC’s endorsed political candidates, which the Hatch Act prohibits,” OSC Acting Special Counsel Adam Miles said in prepared testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Fox News reports:
According to the report, local supervisors raised concerns about the impact this would have on postal operations and initially objected to releasing them, but USPS managers instructed local supervisors to let the workers participate.
“We concluded that the USPS practice of facilitating and directing carrier releases for the union’s political activity resulted in an institutional bias in favor of NALC’s endorsed political candidates, which the Hatch Act prohibits,” Miles said in prepared testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on the matter.
But USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan said that “senior postal leadership did not in any way guide union leadership in selecting the candidates for whom NALC employees could campaign” and that USPS “did not approve or choose candidates for the unions to support” or “ask the union to advocate for political candidates on behalf of the Postal Service.”
“We will change our practice in consultation with the OSC and based upon OSC’s guidance. This will ensure that we do not put our people in harm’s way and they do not unintentionally run afoul of the Hatch Act,” Postmaster General Brennan said.
“As we have previously communicated to both this committee and to the OSC, and as the OSC has acknowledged, the Postal Service has always been ready, willing and able to end or modify our practice as appropriate, consistent with OSC’s recommendation.”
Imagine that! Another wing of the federal government under Obama’s administration caught cheating. The Hatch Act is a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. It was designed with a purpose.
There are many limits on the federal government designed to keep the federal branches from crossing certain lines. Obama seemed to ignore many of these lines.
The IRS going after conservative non-profit groups comes to mind. How about his forcing schools to allow boys into girls showers, lockers, bathrooms, and hotel rooms on school trips? Don’t forget Obama taking control of the water puddles on your property!
President Obama campaigned as a champion of transparency, yet he increasingly ruled as an unaccountable monarch.
More than a dozen times, the United States Supreme Court unanimously rejected Obama’s attempts to violate and act outside his Constitutionally-prescribed authority. Repeatedly, Obama maneuvered to grow the size of the government and increase the reach of the Executive Branch. Repeatedly, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that he cannot do so.
Our Founding Fathers carefully considered each word of our Constitution, developing a radical new form of purposefully divided government, with a separation of powers and a delegation of specific responsibilities to the federal government and to the states. Three distinct branches of government were designated to serve as a system of checks and balances. Obama attempted on many levels to usurp this balance.
Now, we find out that the U.S. Postal Service was doing his bidding as well. Horrific! Heads should roll!
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