An article MyrtleBeachSC Information revealed Dec. 2022: Congressman Fry picks S.C. State Rep as Federal District Supervisor. She plans to maintain each jobs is now underneath scrutiny as a result of authorized students say Socastee State Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford is in full violation of the Hatch act.
The Federal Hath Act states: All federal civilian govt department workers are coated by the Hatch Act, together with workers of the U.S. Postal Service. Even part-time workers are coated by the Act, and all workers proceed to be coated whereas on annual depart, sick depart, depart with out pay, or furlough. Nevertheless, workers who work on an occasional or irregular foundation, or who’re particular authorities workers, as outlined in title 18 U.S.C. § 202(a), are topic to the restrictions solely when they’re engaged in authorities enterprise. Federal workers fall inside two classes underneath the Hatch Act, Additional Restricted and Much less Restricted.
By serving as U.S. Congressman Russell Fry’s Federal District Supervisor, Crawford falls into the “Additional Restricted” class of Federal workers. As Fry’s Federal District Supervisor, Crawford serves as a Senior Govt Service [career positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 3132 (a)(4)]
- Individuals employed in positions described underneath Sections 3132(a)(4), 5372, 5372 (a), or 5372(b) of Title 5, United States Code, together with:
- Senior Govt Service [career positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 3132 (a)(4)]
- Administrative Legislation Judges [positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 5372]
- Contract Appeals Board Members [positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 5372 (a)]
- Administrative Appeals Judges [positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 5372(b)]
Prohibited Actions for Additional Restricted Staff Embody:
Additional Restricted federal workers are prohibited from taking an energetic half in partisan political administration or partisan political campaigns. Particularly, these workers might not marketing campaign for or in opposition to candidates or in any other case interact in political exercise in live performance with a political occasion, a candidate for partisan political workplace, or a partisan political group. Such workers might not:
- Be a candidate for nomination or election to public workplace in a partisan election
- Take an energetic half in partisan political campaigns, by, for instance:
- Campaigning for or in opposition to a candidate or slate of candidates
- Making marketing campaign speeches or partaking in different marketing campaign actions to elect partisan candidates
- Distributing marketing campaign materials in partisan elections
- Circulating nominating petitions
- Take an energetic half in partisan political administration by, for instance:
- Holding workplace in political golf equipment or events
- Organizing or handle political rallies or conferences
- Helping in partisan voter registration drives
- Use their official authority or affect to intervene with or have an effect on the results of an election by, for instance:
- Utilizing their official titles or positions whereas engaged in political exercise
- Inviting subordinate workers to political occasions or in any other case suggesting to subordinates that they attend political occasions or undertake any partisan political exercise
- Solicit, settle for or obtain a donation or contribution for a partisan political occasion, candidate for partisan political workplace, or partisan political group by, for instance:
- Internet hosting a political fundraiser
- Inviting others to a political fundraise.
- Gathering contributions or promote tickets to political fundraising capabilities
- Have interaction in political exercise – i.e., exercise directed on the success or failure of a political occasion, candidate for partisan political workplace, or partisan political group – whereas the worker is on obligation, in any federal room or constructing, whereas sporting a uniform or official insignia, or utilizing any federally owned or leased automobile. For instance, whereas at work workers might not:
- Put on or show partisan political buttons, t-shirts, indicators, or different objects
- Make political contributions to a partisan political occasion, candidate for partisan political workplace, or partisan political group
- Submit a remark to a weblog or a social media web site that advocates for or in opposition to a partisan political occasion, candidate for partisan political workplace, or partisan political group
- Use any e-mail or social media account to distribute, ship or ahead content material that advocates for or in opposition to a partisan political occasion, candidate for partisan political workplace, or partisan political group
Rep. Heather Ammons-Crawford is up for reelection this coming 2024 main season. She legally ought to have stepped down in December 2022.
Ought to she place her title on the Republican main poll, she can be in additional violation of the Hatch Act.
Penalty for violation of the Hatch Act
The penalty construction for violations of the Hatch Act by federal workers consists of removing from federal service, discount in grade, debarment from federal employment for a interval to not exceed 5 years, suspension, reprimand, or a civil penalty to not exceed $1,000.
5 U.S.C. § 7326(2). Notice that this statutory most penalty quantity is topic to annual adjustment by the Advantage Techniques Safety Board pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalities Inflation Adjustment Act Enhancements Act of 2015. The present most penalty might be discovered at 5 C.F.R. § 1201.126(a).
Heather Ammons Crawford makes $125,000 yearly working as Congressman Fry’s Federal District Supervisor.
In accordance with the Middle for Public Integrity:
Lookup the annual pay South Carolina’s part-time Home and Senate members obtain, and also you’ll possible discover this deceptive quantity: $10,400.
All Home and Senate members are paid greater than double that quantity and lots of obtain nearer to 4 occasions that a lot, with a lot of the earnings coming within the type of $1,000-a-month funds for “in-district bills” which can be, in reality, handled as taxable earnings and are counted towards lawmakers’ pensions.
So, they actually obtain $22,400 as a baseline.
HEATHER AMMONS CRAWFORD IS AT A CROSSROAD
Ammons Crawford should resolve which place she values extra.
We now have it on good authority, she can be questioned on this matter if she makes an attempt to carry each positions by working for workplace in Spring 2024.