Philadelphia partner Scott Coffina was featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered show in a discussion about the Hatch Act.
The main provision of the act prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty and engaging in political fundraising.
In July, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa sent a letter to 18 Cabinet secretaries, asking whether they had traveled to support President Obama's campaign, or attended any events put on by superPACs. The White House says Issa is just trying discredit the president.
Scott, however, said that the travel question is a real one.
“One of the trickiest things - and I know the White House is dealing with this now as they always have to - is dealing with political travel and the allocation of costs between official and political business, especially when there are mixed trips,” he said.
Scott added that between now and November, there could be plenty more pitfalls when it comes to mixing politics with the work of government.