(a) It is unlawful for an employee of the government to:
(1) use his official authority or influence as an officer or employee of the government for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or a nomination for office;
(2) directly or indirectly suggest, advise, command, coerce, or attempt to coerce an officer or employee of the government to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to any person, committee, organization, agency, or party for political purposes;
(3) use property belonging to the government to directly or indirectly benefit or support any political candidate or political campaign.
(b) Any officer or employee of the government who violates this section is subject to suspension or dismissal from his position with the government, and shall be fined as for a class A misdemeanor.
(c) Employees of the government, including contract and career service employees, may actively participate in the management of political campaigns, their own included, if the participation is after the employees’ normal working hours and off the premises of his place of employment, while on annual leave, or while on leave without pay, so long as paragraphs (a)(l), (a)(2) and (a)(3) and 7.1201 and subsection (f) of 4.0102 are not violated.History: 1972, PL 12-23 §§ 2, 3;amd 1973, PL 13-33; 1977, PL 15-47 § 1;amd 1980, PL 16-90 § 6.
Amendments: 1973 Subsection (a)(1): rephrased.
1977 Subsection (a)(3), prohibiting government employee participation, except as a candidate, in a political campaign, was deleted, and subsection (a)(4) was redesignated (a)(3).
Subsection (c): added.
1980 Amended to conform with penalties provided for in Title 46, Criminal Justice.