GSA Worker Suspended for Illegally Campaigning for Obama

Friday, 17 Aug 2012 05:52 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A General Services Administration staffer has been suspended for campaigning for President Barack Obama from her government office while on duty, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel  announced Friday.

The employee, a contracting officer, invited 23 people to an Obama fundraiser during the 2008 campaign, violating the Hatch Act. She agreed to a settlement giving her a 30-day, unpaid suspension, The Hill reports.

The Hatch Act is designed to prevent government officials from working on political campaigns while they’re on duty or on government property. And it forbids government workers from soliciting or receiving political contributions.

This is yet another scandal for the agency that provides behind-the-scenes- services to government departments. Its inspector general reported earlier this year that a conference in Las Vegas rang up $823,000 in taxpayer expenses, including $146,527 for catered food, $6,325 for commemorative coins, and $75,000 for a cooperation-building exercise to build 24 bicycles.
 


After that report, two top GSA officials were fired, triggering a quick resignation by agency Administrator Martha Johnson and vociferous criticism from congressmen in both parties.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., praised the Special Council (OSC) statement Friday.

“The suspensions OSC announced make it clear there is a need to stay vigilant as the elections draw closer to ensure improper political activity is not occurring in the Executive Branch agencies,” Becca Watkins, a spokeswoman for Issa, said in a statement to The Hill.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. Gillibrand: Male Colleagues Have Made Sexist Comments

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:09 PM

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she has endured boorish remarks from fellow lawmakers – including a war . . .

Diane Sawyer Exits as ABC Evening Anchor

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:08 PM

Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's World News on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be t . . .

Boston Bombing Suspect's Sister Charged in NY Bomb Threat

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:05 PM

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister has been accused of threatening to bomb a New York City woman . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved