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Has CFPB Director Richard Cordray Violated the Hatch Act?

The so-called Hatch Act generally prohibits executive-branch officers and employees from “run[ning] for the nomination or as a candidate for election to a partisan political office.” (5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(3).) The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act and has authority to issue advisory opinions about it, has concluded that the Hatch Act’s “prohibition against candidacy ‘extends not merely to the formal announcement of candidacy but also to the preliminaries leading to such announcement and to canvassing or soliciting support or doing or permitting to be done any act in furtherance of candidacy.
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