What is the Hatch Act and what does it do?


What is the Hatch Act and what does it do?


The Hatch Act restricts political activity by most US Government employees as part of their work. The President, VP, Cabinet Secretaries, and a few other high level officials are excepted from the restrictions.

At its heart, the act says that people can’t take money from taxpayers and then use official work time or their official position as a federal employee to promote a political cause, party or person.

Basically it says that if you are a general government employee you cannot advocate for one party over another/others while you are executing your assigned government duties.

It’s meant to prevent employees from using tax payer time/money to advance their specific political parties agendas or use their positions to unduly influence people for or against a specific political party.