Email: Elected official uses office staff to campaign

An anonymous email to Hinds County officials accusing an elected official of using his office and employees to campaign for reelection has prompted a resolution from the Board of Supervisors to all county officials that Hinds County falls under the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits certain campaign activity.

A major component of the Hatch Act is that it protects federal employees from political coercion in the workplace. The Hatch Act prohibits a person from engaging in political activity while on duty, in a government office, wearing an official uniform, using a government vehicle and wearing a partisan political button on duty.

The anonymous email sent to members of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and others accuses Tax Collector Eddie Fair of using his office to campaign for reelection and is forcing employees to wear his t-shirts.

ClarionLedger

5/13/15