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Political activity guidance for City employees

City officers and employees may only participate in certain kinds of political activity. The Board of Ethics has developed guidance to describe what is allowed. For more information, view Board Regulation 8, the Board of Ethics’ Election Activity Quick Reference site, and the resources below.

Elected officials are not bound by these regulations. More details can be found in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, 10-107(3).

Name Description Released Format
Which political activity rules apply to you? PDF A summary of political activity rules that apply to different types of City officers and employees. July 10, 2020
Political activity social media guide PDF This guide gives a brief overview of how political activity rules fo City officers and employees apply to social media. September 7, 2020
Quick Reference Guide: Temp Assignments for the 2024 General Election PDF Basic outline of how the political activity rules apply to Exec branch officers and employees on temporary assignment to the Office of the City Commissioners for the 2024 General Election season. May 24, 2024
Dear Philly Candidates PDF Open letter to Philadelphia candidates explaining what they should not do when interacting with City officers and employees due to the City's political activity restrictions. January 26, 2023