Editorial: Trump’s blatant disregard of the Hatch Act shows why it needs some teeth

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A new government report concludes that more than a dozen top members of the Trump administration violated the Hatch Act during Donald Trump’s tenure, thumbing their noses — with Trump’s support — at the legally mandated separation between governing and campaigning as the 2020 election approached. Special Counsel Henry Kerner wrote that the violations amounted to “a taxpayer-funded campaign apparatus within the upper echelons of the executive branch.” The report highlights the central problem with the 1939 law: Its enforcement depends entirely upon the sitting president. Pending legislation can…

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