2012 elections
3:06 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Group: Seattle FAA bosses urged workers to vote Democrat

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 to the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general saying that in May at a staff meeting in Seattle, two 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.

Employees at the meeting complained, saying the statement felt like a threat.

Cause of Action argues that the managers violated rules that certain federal employees cannot engage in partisan politics at the workplace.

A FAA comment was not immediately available.

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