For the years in issue, 1990 to 1992, O.S.C.
paid the following totals in salary and bonus to the two shareholders: $802,059 in 1990, $2,075,068 in 1991 and $1,707,159 in 1992.
The charges were made by the Office of Special Counsel (O.S.C.), the tiny independent agency that enforces the Hatch Act.
Ever since the O.S.C. was created, in 1979, partly to take over Hatch Act enforcement from the now defunct U.S.
The O.S.C.'s handling of the case is unusual in another way.
The letters went out on February 11, but according to O.S.C. files the investigation was opened sixteen months earlier, one week after A.F.L.-C.I.O.
Just who or what did prompt it remains unclear, since the O.S.C. will not say who first raised a complaint about the three men.
Shortly after that, the O.S.C. revealed that Blaylock and Sombrotto were also under investigation.
Political action committees affiliated with the three unions involved in the O.S.C.'s case contributed nearly $3 million to political campaigns in 1983 and 1984.
"This case was made to order for going all the way up." In two previous cases in which the O.S.C. alleged illegal political speech, local union officials settled for suspensions rather than contest the charges.
Some unionists find the O.S.C.'s prosecution especially offense because of the unprecedented political activity last year by certain "un-Hatched" Presidential appointees, notably Office of Personnel Management director Donald Devine and twenty-two ambassadors, who endorsed Senator Jesse Helms's re-election bid.
One certain result of this dispute over the Hatch Act will be increased scrutiny of the law and the O.S.C. on Capitol Hill.