democRAT Montgomery County Prosecutor and aide admit violating federal law

Posted by DarthDilbert at 9/25/2008 11:39:00 PM

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck Jr. and his administrative assistant, Greg Flannagan, admitted liability for violating federal law that prohibits certain government employees from participating in political activity, the Office of Special Counsel said Thursday, Sept. 25.

The special counsel's investigation revealed that Heck routinely conveyed his expectation that subordinates contribute money to the local Democratic Party and time to political campaigns, in defiance of federal law. The special counsel charged that Heck and Flannagan used their official authority to interfere with or affect the results of elections, the office of special counsel said.

"In a voluntary settlement agreement, Heck admitted that he solicited contributions for local Democratic Party fundraisers from six employees of the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. Flannagan admitted collecting the cash and checks for these fundraisers from prosecutor's office employees," the special counsel's office said.

"In a voluntary settlement agreement, Heck admitted that he solicited contributions for local Democratic Party fundraisers from six employees of the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. Flannagan admitted collecting the cash and checks for these fundraisers from prosecutor's office employees," the special counsel's office said. "Although Mr. Heck denied knowing that the Hatch Act prohibited the solicitation of political contributions from employees, as both an attorney and a long-time elected official, he should have known that whenever public employers place conditions on public employment requiring employees to become involved in partisan political activity, they put at risk the basic freedoms of speech that are protected by our Constitution."

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I love the headline from Nick Zeigler at WHIO-AM/FM: "Montgomery Co. Prosecutor Needs To Brush Up On Federal Laws". Heh.

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