Timm Kopp Policy
National

Interview: The USPS Whistle Blower Talks with Media Trackers

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has called Central Wisconsin postal worker Timm Kopp a “courageous whistle blower.” Two things are clear from talking with Kopp. First, he wears that title uncomfortably. Second, he had no political motivations when he complained about a longstanding practice last year that created staffing shortages at post offices around the country. […]

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Investigation Finds USPS Hatch Act Violation

An investigation requested by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has found that  U.S. Postal Service practices during the 2016 election cycle violated the Hatch Act. Media Trackers exclusively reported last week that the investigation would likely find Hatch Act violations and we obtained the U.S. Office of Special Council’s final report on the probe Tuesday. Media […]

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National

Exclusive: Investigation “Will Likely Find” USPS Activity Violated Hatch Act

Media Trackers has learned that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday on leaves granted to postal workers to engage in campaign activity during the 2016 election. A letter to a witness from committee chairman, Senator Ron Johnson (R)-Wisconsin, and ranking Member Claire McCaskill, (D)-Missouri, obtained by Media […]

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National

Probe Into Postal Service Includes Possible Hatch Act Violations

An audit concludes that U.S. Postal Service policy was circumvented when Postal Service employees around the country, including Wisconsin, were granted leave without pay (LWOP) to engage in union campaign activities for Democrats in Fall, 2016. Media Trackers exclusively reported about the existence of the investigation in December. In late November 2016, Senator Ron Johnson […]

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Wisconsin

Legal Expert Says Job Corps Violated Hatch Act; FBI Examining

By: Brian Sikma A legal expert says that the federal Job Corps in Milwaukee violated the Hatch Act when it used federal vehicles to take federal program participants to vote in Tuesday’s election. “This is an outright violation of the Hatch Act and everyone involved should be appropriately punished,” said Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal […]

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Colorado

Sect. of Interior Ken Salazar May Have Violated Hatch Act

Former White House counsel associate Scott Coffina accused U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar of violating the Hatch Act during a recent campaign trip to Colorado. The Colorado Observer broke the story of the possible Hatch Act violation today. Salazar, along with Sen. Udall, Sen. Bennet, and Gov. Hickenlooper participated in an RV tour of […]