Hatch Act complaint dismissed

A federal inquiry into Alexandria City Council member Alicia Hughes was dismissed, according to the Alexandria Times.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel was investigating an anonymous complaint that Hughes violated the Hatch Act, a law that limits political activity by federal employees, during her 2009 campaign. Hughes works as a patent examiner.

Hughes, who ran as an independent, benefited from the help of the Republican Party, but she did not ask for it, said an attorney within the Office of Special Counsel in the report.

The Alexandria Times reported in September that an attorney from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel seeking information on Hughes contacted the paper.

At the time, Hughes said she was unable to confirm the inquiry. She added that any citizen can file a complaint, “whether frivolous or non-frivolous.”

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