Los Angeles Times: Garcetti email flap shows fuzzy line between governing, campaigning
Congressional staffers are technically allowed to do campaign work on a voluntary or paid basis while on the government payroll, but it must be outside of government time. “If you’re a congressional staffer and you’re also doing campaign work, you need to be keeping time sheets,” says Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center.
Because, says the Campaign Legal Center's Ryan, regardless of the embarrassment it may cause, a swift correction like Garcetti’s can go a long way.
“From the perspective of an ethics agency like the FEC, that’s what they want to see – that you tried to rectify it as quickly as possible.”
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