Hatch Act Violations? Here?
Elaine Coderre, House District 50 (incumbent)
Grace Diaz, House District 11 (incumbent)
Arthur Handy, House District 18 (incumbent)
Beatrice Lanzi, Senate District 26
MaryAnn Shallcross, House District 46
Anastasia Williams, House District 9 (incumbent)
Excerpt from the request:
… the Hatch Act restricts political activities of federal, state and local employees, as well as employees of certain private, non-profit organizations. In passing the act, Congress determined that partisan political activity by employees such as these must be limited for public institutions to function fairly and effectively.
I was surprised and pleased to learn that the Hatch Act does not just apply to federal employees but, in fact, also to state and local employees. On any level of government, tax dollars in the form of salaries spent in a way that enables that employee to continue drawing a taxpayer funded paycheck by advancing or extending the political career of his or her elected patron confers an obvious and unfair advantage in the political process. (Next stop: members of public employee unions and their immediate family members serving on school committees.)