John Bolton to stop all political activities through his outside groups

Bolton is supposed to start his new White House job in early April.

Under the Hatch Act of 1939, federal employees are prohibited from participating in partisan political activity. One expert says, as national security adviser, Bolton, in particular, will be classified as “further restricted” governmental employee who may not “campaign for or against a candidate or state of candidates in partisan elections,” or “collect contributions or sell tickets to political fund raising functions.”

“Most governmental employees are classified as ‘less restrictive’ employees and are allowed to do some political activities and campaign work off government time,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with the nonprofit group Public Citizen.

Bolton's spokesperson Garrett Marquis said the White House counsel, as well as lawyers for his outside groups, had advised Bolton to stop all political activities with the PAC and the super PAC per standard White House protocol.

Bolton has avoided violating the Hatch Act by ending involvement in his PAC and his super PAC, but there’s still a question of what will happen to the remaining funds from the committees.

As of Feb. 28, John Bolton PAC and John Bolton Super PAC each had about $574,000 and $3 million left cash on hand, according to FEC records.

Marquis said the funds will remain in bank accounts and the balances will continue to be reported monthly to the FEC.

Bolton’s move to the White House means that the GOP will lose a prolific fundraiser who has raised millions for the conservative side over the years.

Since 2014, Bolton has raised nearly $24 million from top GOP donors including Robert Mercer and Richard Uihlein through his PAC and his super PAC, FEC records show.

Bolton’s super PAC was also among Cambridge Analytica’s wide portfolio of GOP clients.

The data firm alleged to have misused Facebook data from up to 50 million profiles was paid more than $1.1 million by John Bolton Super PAC between 2014 and 2015 for “research” and “survey research,” according to FEC filings.