The United States Postal Service violated federal law by allowing employees to perform union-funded work to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democrats’ campaigns, Fox News reports.
A report from the Office of Special Counsel determined that the post service “engaged in systemic violations” of the Hatch Act, a federal law that bans political actions by government employees.
The report found that the USPS showed a “bias” toward the union campaign favoring Clinton.
“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.
According to the report, nearly all of this work was conducted in battleground states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Nevada.
More, via Fox News:
According to OSC Acting Special Counsel Adam Miles, the NALC provided lists of letter carriers to participate in campaign activity to a senior headquarters USPS labor relations official, who then emailed the lists to other USPS officials across the country. According to Miles, the local officials “interpreted the communications as directives” from USPS headquarters to release the carriers on union official leave without pay.
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.