Washington – Three federal employees are being investigated for unlawful political activities after they allegedly sent an e-mail falsely accusing Barack Obama of being a “radical Muslim,”.
The US Office of Special Counsel – the independent federal agency responsible for enforcing a law banning civil service workers from engaging in political activism while performing their official duties – has launched investigations of two employees at one agency and one employee at another agency.
All three are believed to have forwarded the erroneous chain e-mail about Obama from their government e-mail accounts.
Doing so would be a violation of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law designed to help protect career government employees and the government workforce from the influence of partisan politics. The act bans civil servants from taking “any active part” in political campaigns while on the job. [bostonglobe]