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President Bush preserved his perfect veto record when the Senate Thursday sustained his rejection of a bill that would have permitted 3 million federal employees to participate in partisan political activity during off-duty hours. Senators seeking to override Bush's veto fell two votes short of the required two-thirds majority. Three Republicans who had voted for the bill a month ago switched sides to support the White House position.
March 3, 1993
Federal employees, like all Americans, have the right to vote, to belong to a political party and to make monetary contributions to candidates they support. For 53 years, however, federal employees have been wisely barred from further political activity. They may not serve as officers in a political party or manage political campaigns or work as volunteers in a candidate's campaign office. They may not solicit contributions from others for a candidate.
February 13, 1985 | From the Washington Post
The presidents of three federal labor unions will be prosecuted for violating the Hatch Act for 1984 political activities on behalf of Walter F. Mondale unless they resign from their federal jobs or retire by Feb. 26, the government's civil service watchdog agency said Tuesday.
May 24, 2007 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have written a sharply worded critique of the beleaguered chief of the General Services Administration, Lurita Alexis Doan, accusing her of violating the law by improperly attempting to use her agency to help Republican political candidates. "The GSA administrator displayed no reservations in her willingness to commit GSA resources, including its human capital, to the Republican Party," the report says.
June 2, 1993
Since 1939 the Hatch Act has barred federal employees from serving as officers in a political party, managing political campaigns, working as volunteers in a candidate's campaign office, soliciting contributions for a candidate or, not least in importance, running for office themselves. Thrice challenged before the Supreme Court, the act has been thrice upheld.
May 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Senate voted Tuesday to allow IRS, CIA and FBI agents to participate in political campaigns, rejecting Republican attempts to maintain the status quo established in the 51-year-old Hatch Act. On a 51-46 vote, the Senate rejected an amendment to exclude employees in the spy and tax agencies plus the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission from a Democratic bill that removes most current restrictions on political activities by civil service and postal workers.
December 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
An administrator with the Department of Health and Human Services resigned after saying he unknowingly violated a federal law by holding a fund-raiser for a congressional candidate from Pennsylvania. Michael Hash, acting administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, held a fund-raiser at his house on May 4 for Democratic congressional candidate Ronald Strouse, said Jane McFarland, spokeswoman for the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency of federal prosecutors.
November 21, 1987
We cannot help but wish that there had been no legal challenge to the agricultural research program of the University of California because the result, however sound it may be in the narrow legal context, could do more harm than good. The indignation of the California Agrarian Action Project that motivated the original filing in 1979 is understandable.
March 12, 1993
Hatch Act Overhaul The House passed a bill (HR 20) easing the Hatch Act so that the 2.2 million federal civilian employees and 775,000 postal workers are free to engage in partisan politics other than running for state or federal office. The same measure was defeated a week earlier when it came to the floor under a shortcut procedure that required a two-thirds majority for passage.
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