Federal Campaign Watchdog Resigns After Admitting To Campaigning For Obama
May 1, 2014 by Ben Bullard
An attorney working for the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Federal body tasked with ensuring the integrity of the campaign process, has resigned following the uncovering of evidence that he (or she) actively campaigned for President Barack Obama while on the job.
According to The Washington Times, the unnamed employee admitted to stumping for Obama during the 2012 election cycle, allegedly tweeting pro-Obama messages and even participating in a broadcast conducted on FEC property in which the employee spoke critically of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Tuesday it had reached a settlement with the employee after it had investigated allegations the staffer had violated the Hatch Act’s prohibition of Federal workers from doing political campaign work while on the job. OSC would not provide details of the settlement to the media.
From The Washington Times:
The employee, a lawyer whose name wasn’t divulged, solicited campaign donations for Mr. Obama and other political campaigns, and even took part in a web broadcast from an FEC facility where the employee criticized the GOP and Republican 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Those moves violate the Hatch Act, the 1939 federal law sharply restricting federal government employees’ campaign activity. The Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations, announced the steps — though a spokesman said they couldn’t give out any more details.
The employee had been on administrative leave ever since the start of the investigation. A condition of the settlement OSC did disclose is that the employee agreed not to seek employment with the Federal government – for two years.