Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Charter Scammers so desperate, they violate PDC law: Gary Lucas breaks the law on a mailer.

The law on using your office to support or oppose a ballot measure is fairly clear, clear enough that even a political moron like Lucas understands it.

Here's the law:
42.17A.550  <<  42.17A.555 >>   42.17A.560

RCW 42.17A.555

Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns — Prohibition — Exceptions.

No elective official nor any employee of his or her office nor any person appointed to or employed by any public office or agency may use or authorize the use of any of the facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition. Facilities of a public office or agency include, but are not limited to, use of stationery, postage, machines, and equipment, use of employees of the office or agency during working hours, vehicles, office space, publications of the office or agency, and clientele lists of persons served by the office or agency. However, this does not apply to the following activities:

     (1) Action taken at an open public meeting by members of an elected legislative body or by an elected board, council, or commission of a special purpose district including, but not limited to, fire districts, public hospital districts, library districts, park districts, port districts, public utility districts, school districts, sewer districts, and water districts, to express a collective decision, or to actually vote upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, or ordinance, or to support or oppose a ballot proposition so long as (a) any required notice of the meeting includes the title and number of the ballot proposition, and (b) members of the legislative body, members of the board, council, or commission of the special purpose district, or members of the public are afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing view;

     (2) A statement by an elected official in support of or in opposition to any ballot proposition at an open press conference or in response to a specific inquiry;

     (3) Activities which are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency.

     (4) This section does not apply to any person who is a state officer or state employee as defined in RCW 42.52.010.
So, when Lucas starts his babble with "As your sheriff," this is, by black letter law, an obvious PDC violation:

Apparently, the fat went to his head.

Fortunately, that Lucas says this is a good idea is driven by HIS hatred of Madore as well.  And frankly, I don't believe anyone cares.

But breaking the law?

By a sheriff?

Typically fringe-left pap.


Unknown said...

The law states that free speech is exempt and Gary Lucas maintains his first amendment right to support the charter initiative in verbal or written form, so long as government money and facilities are not used to do it. The mailer says Clark Forward paid for it, so what are you saying here and what is your supporting evidence?

Just a guy said...

Well, Cory, I suggest you re-read the law posted above the picture.

I already said "what I was saying" and the law is my "supporting evidence."

He should not have posted the phrase "As your sheriff."

That's the law, those are the rules, that you don't like it is both meaningless and irrelevant.

Not that it's going to matter all that much.