Philadelphia partner Scott Coffina was quoted in an article in The Legal Intelligencer about a controversial e-mail sent from the executive director of the campaign committee for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
In the e-mail, which was sent to a majority of Williams’ deputies and chiefs last week, the executive director encouraged recipients to attend a fundraising event for Williams’ campaign.
Scott, a partner in the White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Team, listed four key problems he saw with the email as it relates to the Hatch Act: Williams was "invoked" by the line "Seth would love if you could attend;" it was sent to subordinates; the use of government e-mail and email addresses; and encouraging the employees to pass it on.
"Generally, candidates are responsible for their campaigns," Coffina warned.
Violating the federal Hatch Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, could come with administrative penalties including removal, suspension or the loss of funding.