Hatch Act strikes again -- this time in Baldwin County
The Mobile Press-Register reports: Scott Taylor, who cruised to victory last month in the Republican primary for a district judge position in Baldwin County, may be in violation of a Depression-era law designed to prevent federal funds from influencing elections.
The Hatch Act, named for the senator who sponsored the law in 1939, forbids federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities. It also applies to state and local government workers whose principal employment is connected to activities financed in whole or in part by the federal government.
As one of Baldwin County's 2 deputy chief assistant district attorneys, Taylor helps supervise other prosecutors there. Federal funds do not pay Taylor's salary, but a federal Project Safe Neighborhoods grant does pay a portion of the salary of at least one employee in the office. ...
Members of both parties have sponsored efforts to remove state and local government employees from Hatch Act scrutiny, and even the head of the Office of Special Counsel, Carolyn Lerner, has supported the reforms. "She believes it to be far too intrusive in state and local elections," said Ann O'Hanlon, a spokeswoman for the agency. "But for now, the Hatch Act says what it says." -- Read the whole story --> Grant to Baldwin DA's Office could put prosecutor at odds with Hatch Act | al.com