Effect of 18 U.S.C. § 600 on Proposal for Hiring Census Enumerators

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Proposal to give preference for hiring as census enumerators to persons recommended by Democratic Party leaders does not violate 18 U.S.C. § 600, which punishes those who promise federal employment or benefits as an enticement to or reward for future political activity, but does not prohibit rewards for past political activity.

Even if § 600 were read to prohibit a promise of employment or benefits as a reward for past political activity, under the proposed program neither Democratic Party leaders nor any potential census enumerators are being made such a promise.

Updated July 9, 2014