It's Illegal for Federal Officials to Campaign on the Job. Trump Staffers Keep Doing It Anyway. - 2020-08-12

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F0.png It's Illegal for Federal Officials to Campaign on the Job. Trump Staffers Keep Doing It Anyway. August 12, 2020, Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica

President Donald Trump's recent musings about staging his Republican National Convention speech at the White House drew criticism from government ethics watchdogs and even one Republican senator, John Thune of South Dakota.

The suggestion wasn't an isolated blending of official presidential duties and the campaign. It was part of a yearslong pattern of disregarding such boundaries in the Trump White House. There is a law, called the Hatch Act, that prohibits most government officials from engaging in politicking in the course of their official work.

The law does not apply to the president or vice president. While other presidents took campaign advantage of the trappings of the office, something that came to be known as the "Rose Garden strategy," they typically refrained from explicit electoral appeals or attacks on their opponents at official presidential events. Federal election law and measures governing appropriations prohibit using taxpayer dollars for electioneering.

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