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March 14, 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.
The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would permit most federal employees to participate in partisan politics for the first time in more than 50 years. Disregarding warnings by some Republicans that the legislation could bring politics into the nation's civil service, the Senate voted, 68 to 31, to reform the 1939 Hatch Act that bars federal workers from engaging in political activities.
June 4, 1986
In your editorial you question the ethics of Commissioner Ezell for assisting Antonovich in filming a campaign commercial. I am no longer surprised by unethical behavior by Reagan appointees, however I find the timing of Ezell's partisan activities very interesting. It was only a few months ago that the Reagan Administration found it necessary to prosecute two government employee union leaders for Hatch Act violations. Both of these union leaders had been on leave without pay from their government jobs for many years when their alleged partisan activities took place.
October 31, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
The invitation under the Obama campaign logo is simple enough: "Obama Speaker Series Inaugural Event, Featuring The Honorable Arne Duncan. " Duncan is the Obama administration's secretary of Education. Earlier this month, he spoke in front of several dozen people at a private home in Brentwood, Calif., as part of a new fundraising venture launched by the Obama reelection campaign. Donors pay for membership in the "speaker series" and in turn get to hear speeches from administration officials, senior campaign aides and White House alumni.
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Paul Pringle
A federal grand jury in Washington took testimony last year about then-U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama's reelection, according to a woman who said she appeared before the panel. Whittier resident Rebecca Zapanta, who is prominent in Latino political and philanthropic circles, told The Times she was summoned to testify in June about telephone conversations she had with Solis, now a leading candidate for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
December 1, 1985
I believe Jay Kearny's remarks (Letters, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24) about Project Self-Esteem have been misunderstood. It is not the subject "Project Self-Esteem" that may be harmful, it is the format and material presented to teach the course. PSE is taught in my children's elementary school. At present, I am evaluating the lessons. My children are protected by the "pupil's right amendment" (Hatch Act), as are all of our children. I want to be assured my children's rights are not being violated by prying into their personal thoughts, feelings and background.
November 16, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Obama administration Cabinet members and senior aides are fanning out across the country in an aggressive fundraising drive, taking advantage of porous campaign finance laws that allow them to appear as marquee speakers and raise substantial money for the president's reelection effort. The Obama campaign's "Speaker Series" program turns Cabinet secretaries and top White House advisors into fundraising surrogates. For $5,000, a donor can get a kind of season pass to see officials when they come to town — a bargain compared with the $35,800 typically charged for dinner with President Obama.
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