Hatch Act

Distinction with no Difference

Fine line separates Obama White House, campaign, outside Super PACs

During a fundraiser for the pro-Obama Priorities USA Super PAC in March, senior White House adviser David Plouffe gave a speech to two-dozen major Democratic donors. When it came time to ask donors to open up their wallets, however, Plouffe left the room. The abrupt exit illustrates how the Obama campaign and the White House divide activities in the new world of Super PAC politics.

Down the Hatch

Cabinet members and White House officials skirt law forbidding federal employees from campaign activities

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Tom Vilsack recently engaged in conduct that may have violated the Hatch Act, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Vilsack’s conduct is the latest in a series of potential Hatch Act violations by Obama administration officials.