McCrory uses state run social media for re-election campaign

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Pat McCrory recently gave his re-election campaign team the ability to use his Facebook and Twitter accounts in their efforts. While this may not seem like a huge offense, these account have been maintained for the past three years by employees of the governor's communications team, in effect giving him the ability to use taxpayers' money to contribute to his campaign. Using government resources to the benefit of an election campaign is illegal; and using social media accounts, built up by state employees, that give McCrory instant access to an audience of 75,000 followers certainly qualifies. 

Read more at The News & Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory’s communications office recently handed over the passwords for the governor’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts to McCrory’s re-election campaign – a move the state Democratic Party says shouldn’t be allowed.

In recent months, as McCrory’s re-election bid geared up, the communications office handed those accounts to the campaign. The governor’s communications staff then launched separate Twitter and Facebook accounts for the governor’s office.

The N.C. Democratic Party is criticizing the move, saying the campaign is now benefiting from the accounts – and more than 75,000 followers – that were built using government resources.

“For the last three years, Gov. McCrory’s staff has built and maintained campaign resources with taxpayer dollars,” party spokesman Ford Porter said. “Now they want to once again use those resources for campaign purposes. That’s illegal.”

Lawson said the U.S. government has adopted guidelines under the federal Hatch Act, which restricts government employees from political activities. Those guidelines ban government employees and agencies from setting up Facebook and Twitter pages supporting political campaigns. The guidelines apply to federal employees and some state employees whose positions are funded by federal money.

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  1. Benjamin Muller's avatar
    Benjamin Muller
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    While I agree that this sort of appropriation of held elected office to run a campaign is dangerous, I must point out that I've received at least one letter from AG Cooper on state stationery soliciting donations for his gubernatorial bid. This particular form of unethical action must be condemned in all directions.
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