Group: FAA bosses urged workers to vote Democrat


By: Manuel Valdes, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — A government transparency group is urging an investigation into Federal Aviation Administration managers who allegedly urged workers in Seattle to vote Democrat in the upcoming elections.

The Washington, D.C.-based group Cause of Action sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general saying that in May at a mandatory staff meeting in Seattle, two senior FAA managers told employees that if Republicans win the presidential and congressional elections, the agency would face budget cuts. They allegedly said that if Democrats win, their budget would remain largely unchanged.

One of the managers is alleged to have said that “Republican politicians wished to cut the budget of the FAA, while Democratic politicians intended to keep the FAA budget at the same or similar levels as in recent years. Any cuts in the FAA budget would lead to furloughs, job losses, and pay reductions among FAA employees,” the Cause of Action complaint said.

Employees at the meeting complained that the statements felt like a threat.

Cause of Action argues that the managers violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain federal employees from engaging in partisan politics at the workplace.

A FAA comment was not immediately available.

“These career employees were led to believe their jobs were at risk if their political support did not line up with the agenda of the Administration,” said Daniel Epstein, executive director of the group.

Cause of Action describes itself as an “organization that uses public advocacy and legal reform strategies to ensure greater transparency in government and protect taxpayer interests and economic freedom.”



  1. barrack insane says

    Why am I not surprised. I would assume that if any federal employees vote GOP they will loose their job even if Obama wins……, especially if Obama wins.

  2. The government manager who made those statements was identified and quoted in an article in the New York Times on 9/9/12. Based on his statement, he didn’t actually urge people to vote one way or the other, he simply stated his opinion that a Republican administration would probably lead to spending cuts which would lead to furloughs in his organization. A Hatch Act violation requires you to advocate for one position or another. Anyhow, it’s good that conservatives are spending tons of money to monitor government meetings to be sure that the law is not being violated in favor of Democrats.

  3. HiredMind Blog says

    @JoeDust: Wrong. A Hatch Act violation requires you to advocate for a candidate, not a position. Also, he was identified but not quoted. A third-party was quoted. From the email in the article in question: “I would not be able to quote Mr. Hickey exact words, but…”


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