Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
I'm gonna go with Hazlnut on this one.

The article clearly states that the e-mail was solicited as an "invitation". There's nothing wrong with basically informing your employees of an event where you as their boss will be a guest speaker. In this regard, the e-mail invitation is no different than the President's PR folks sending out a press release detailing his next speaking engagement. Furthermore, even if the EdSec sent the email himself (which there's no indication that he did), doing such still wouldn't violate the Hatch Act which brings me to my next point.

The EdSec position is a Presidential appointee position, not a voter electorate position. Therefore, since the EdSec wasn't campaigning for his office nor is his hiring determined by a vote by the populas, there is no violation here.

Now, I do see the other side of the matter. It does appear that the EdDept was "advertising" the EdSec's speaking engagement just to drum-up attendance numbers for one side of the political spectrum just to counter the other side, but hey...that's politics for ya'. Still, there's nothing illegal or immoral about informing your people of a public event for which you will be a guest speaker at and inviting them to attend. Happens all the time in state government and even in Corporate America.
If it was your boss, and you didn't see the veiled "directive" in that invitation, then don't be surprised if your rise up the totem pole starts to slow down to a crawl.