Wearing Political Buttons is Okay Now

If you’re a federal employee crazed with excitement about Barack Obama’s victory or still want to show your support for John McCain, you can do so at work without violating the Hatch Act.

It’s okay to wear or display presidential campaign items after Election Day, according to a statement issued by the Office of Special Counsel.

“We do not believe that wearing their [McCain and Obama] campaign t-shirts or displaying their pictures after Election Day is activity directed at the success of their candidacies,” the statement says. “Accordingly, the Hatch Act does not prohibit a federal employee from doing so, even while on duty or in the federal workplace.”

Read the statement for yourself.

By Terri Rupar  |  November 7, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  | Category:  Politics
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I've been told that the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has a slightly different take - that the political advocacy restrictions are in effect until the Electoral College meets and does their thing - on January 9, 2009 or thereabouts. Any truth to this rumor??

Posted by: nchamber3 | November 12, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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