Huntsville Schools is running campaign ad for BOE president and candidate for reelection Laurie McCaulley

The ethics of Huntsville City Schools (HCS) smell to high heaven.

Airing now just hours before the August 23 election is the ad at the link below, disguised as a public service announcement. It’s an electioneering communication paid for with taxpayer money, approved by the Board of Education of which McCaulley is president and a candidate for re-election, an ad in which she is featured prominently.

David Driscoll has the HCS  communications contract and is also getting paid by the McCaulley campaign.

Here is some of the law which applies.

Fair Campaign Practices Act (17-5-2)

(5) ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATION. Any communication disseminated through any federally regulated broadcast media, any mailing, or other distribution, electronic communication, phone bank, or publication which (i) contains the name or image of a candidate; (ii) is made within 120 days of an election in which the candidate will appear on the ballot; (iii) the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the presentation and content of the communication is that it is intended to influence the outcome of an election; and (iv) entails an expenditure in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Section 17-17-4. Improper use of official authority or position for political activities.

Any person who attempts to use his or her official authority or position for the purpose of influencing the vote or political action of any person shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class C felony.

(Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §86.)

Section 36-12-61. Use, etc., of state-owned property for promotion or advancement of interests of candidates for public office.

It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the State of Alabama to use or to permit to be used any state-owned property of any character or description, including stationery, stamps, office equipment, office supplies, automobiles or any other property used by him, in his custody or under his control for the promotion or advancement of the interest of any candidate for the nomination or election to any public office of the State of Alabama.

(Acts 1939, No. 657, p. 1031, §1; Code 1940, T. 41, §147(1).)

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