Political Activity Do's
Restrictions on Political Activity by Senate Confirmed Presidential Appointees
You may not:
Solicit political contributions at any time from anyone.
Solicit subordinates to engage in off-duty volunteer or
paid political activity — they should volunteer or
apply to the campaign or party committee directly.
Use government long distance lines for calls or faxes — instead,
use your personal or a campaign credit or calling card.
Use your staff to prepare your political materials or
arrange for exclusively political travel; but coordinating
mixed travel is a necessity.
Subsidize political activity with government travel
- mixed official travel in conjunction with House, Senate
or Party events must be allocated using the hard time
- mixed travel in conjunction with a Presidential campaign
event should be allocated 100% towards the political
- payment by the party or candidate committee must be
in advance and at the commercial, not government rate,
unless that rate makes the official travel more expensive.
Accept compensation for holding a campaign office or performing
service for a campaign - you are already compensated for
a 24-hour day.
Seek the nomination for, or election to, a partisan political
Exceed your personal contribution limits by making cash
donations or in-kind support if your travel is not being
covered by the campaign:
- $1,000 per candidate per election
- Additional $1,000 in campaign related travel expenses
- Presidential candidates accepting public funds can
accept no private contributions for the general election.
- (Note: all contributions are posted on the Internet
by the FEC)
Activity by Senate Confirmed Presidential Appointees
Mix official, personal and political travel - if properly
Take an active part in political activities (other than
direct fundraising) on government premises.
Attend and speak at fundraisers; but may not solicit contributions.
Participate in political activities while wearing an official
uniform or insignia.
Use your Government office to hold campaign meetings.
Write political speeches; but not direct non-PAS subordinates to
Publicly endorse candidates.
Take an active part in, or manage, a partisan political
Attend political events and actively participate therein.
For events at which you are speaking, permit political
event organizers to use your name, preceded by "the Hon." on
the invitation, but not identify you by title. Your title,
for biographical purposes, may, however, be noted on the
program at the event.
Sign a petition.
Seek the nomination for, or election to, a non-partisan
Serve as an uncompensated officer of a political party
or other political group.