Hatch Act

Michael Hoover hoov at freenet.tlh.fl.us
Tue Jan 4 13:26:52 PST 2000

> I'm pretty sure the Hatch Act is only federal.
> CB
> >>> Tom Lehman <uswa12 at Lorainccc.edu> 01/04/00 08:22AM >>>
> I had a question posed to me last night at a Democratic delegate
> convention selection meeting. Does the Hatch Act forbid local or state
> government employees from running as delegates to a national political
> convention.
> My first response was that the Hatch Act only covers federal employees
> and that I didn't think that it pertained to state or local government
> employees running in a delegate selection process for a national
> political convention I was told that at least one worthy source was of
> the opinion that the Hatch Act forbid such action.

Hatch Act applies to state and local government workers when federal grants fund (partly or wholly) programs...however, 1993 changes in Hatch Act loosened restrictions on political activity and most federal as well as state and local workers can now (among other things): attend and be active at political meetings & rallies, be active members of political parties & organizations, contribute money to candidate campaigns, express opinions about candidates, actively campaign for candidates...

check out US Office of Special Counsel for specifics: http://www.osc.gov/ Michael Hoover

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