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03-22-2023    12:54 PM    OPINION    City Councilman on Executive Board of Partisan Party a Conflict?

The Law

The Hatch Act was passed in 1939, was updated in 2012, and restricts partisan political activity by individuals who meet specific criteria.

The Hatch Act covers federal employees and those who are on the government payroll, even at the local level.  Elected officials are on the government payroll whether or not they are considered employees.  According to this documentation from 2021 found at the US Department of Labor, restrictions placed on government employees include prohibitions on hosting political fundraisers, or inviting persons to attend political fundraisers.

The Charge

Heidi Gross is elected to the Gillette City Council, and was recently elected Vice Chair of the Campbell County Republican Party.  A primary duty of the position Heidi Gross recently attained within the Campbell County Republican Party is to arrange and host fundraisers, and invite people to attend fundraisers, for the Republican Party and for Republican candidates.

A conflict of interest exists where anyone holds any paid government position, and holds an additional position with any partisan body.  A violation of the Hatch Act occurs where Heidi Gross accepts pay for her service with the Gillette City Council, which makes her a government employee, and then takes on the responsibility of hosting and promoting fundraiser events which are specifically prohibited (to government employees) by federal law.

The Argument

To comply with US Federal Law, Heidi Gross should resign her elected position with the Gillette City Council if she is to continue being a member of the Republican Party Executive Committee.

If the Republican Party lets this violation slide the reasons will include that voting members prioritize personal relationships over following the law, which exists to limit the concentration of power, or that they're just afraid of "rocking the boat."

Rock the Boat!

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