The Hatch Act of 1939 Essays

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The Hatch Act of 1939 Under Hatch Act of 1939, federal employees, employees of the District of Columbia (D.C.) government, and certain state and local government employees faced significant restrictions on their ability to participate in political activities and placing ceilings on campaign expenditures. The act is named for its author, Senator Carl Atwood Hatch (1889-1963) of New Mexico. (There was an earlier Hatch Act (1887), named for Representative William Henry Hatch (1833-96) of Missouri, concerned the study of scientific agriculture.) The Hatch Act of 1939 passed following several big corruption cases involving the burgeoning post-New Deal bureaucracy, and was aimed at the civil service. But by its…show more content…
The purchase of goods or advertising, the proceeds of which would benefit candidates for election to federal office, was prohibited. All provisions of the act relating to federal employees were extended to state employees engaged in any function financed by federal funds. Later statutes, especially those of the 1970s, dealt with the use and limitation of campaign contributions. In 1993, with President Clinton's backing, the Hatch Act was amended to allow all these things, so long as they are done outside the workplace and government employees don't exploit their positions for political purposes. The Hatch Act reform permitted more political activity by federal and D.C. government employees andliberalized restrictions on partisan political activities by off-duty federal employees. Further, by Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate and non-career SES members may not engage in actions that could be interpreted as associating the DOD with any partisan political cause or issue. (These amendments did not change the provisions applying to state and local employees.) With the 1993 amendments, many federal employees (including Army civilian employees) are now permitted to take an active
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