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“I have no misgivings,” said the head of one group. “On election night 2018, I didn’t hear anybody go, ‘Oh jeez, we won! But gosh, wasn’t all that stuff really bad that helped everybody win?’ “
The Hatch Act keeps partisan politics out of the federal workplace. Should it keep civil servants from talking about impeachment or using the #resist hashtag?
A federal judge has rejected a motion from the Department of Justice to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit alleges Trump’s businesses, especially his hotel in D.C., violate the Constitution.
Advocates say it’s a First Amendment issue. Critics say it’s opening the door to secret money from foreign sources.
“It’s going to take different leadership at the top,” said Don Fox, a former acting director of the Office of Government Ethics. “And that means a different occupant in the White House.”
“On their phone, on their desktop, on their laptop, on their tablets, however they are seeing information, they’re entitled to know where it’s coming from,” said FEC Vice Chair Ellen Weintraub
Judge George Daniels said it’s up to Congress, not citizens, to enforce the Foreign Emoluments Clause. “Congress is not a potted plant,” he said.
Big-money donors can already donate anonymously through social welfare groups. If Congress keeps a provision in the House tax bill, it would allow charitable organizations to play politics.