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Old 06-15-2019, 01:17 PM
UltraVires is offline
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This application of the Hatch Act is not only absurd but IMHO is a violation of the First Amendment. Sure we can prohibit fundraising and political patronage, but it seems silly that a president can say something from the Oval Office or from the White House lawn, but if his or her spokesperson, you know, the person whose job it is to speak on behalf of the president, says exactly the same thing it is illegal.

Such a reading of the law is simply silly, has been supposedly violated by Democratic and Republican administrations throughout the years, serves no valid purpose, and is likely unconstitutional. So color me not outraged, even when the Obama administration did it.