Sheriff Cleared of Ethics Violation

9 years 10 months 22 hours ago March 23, 2007 Mar 23, 2007 Friday, March 23 2007 Friday, March 23, 2007 10:59:10 AM CDT in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A federal panel has found that the Jackson County sheriff did nothing wrong when he asked employees to help Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill during her failed campaign for governor in 2004. Federal lawyers alleged in a complaint filed in January 2006 that Sheriff Tom Phillips violated the Hatch Act, which bars political coercion in the workplace. The Office of Special Counsel said the act covered Phillips because his department administered federal grants. But last month, the Merit Systems Protection Board in Washington ruled that Phillips and his employees were not subject to the act. The ruling never addressed the claims that were part of the complaint, including that the sheriff asked four employees to appear in a McCaskill commercial. Phillips says he did nothing wrong and called the allegations politically motivated.

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