Type Complaint Opinion 
Date 12/15/2010 
Number 10-04, 10-05 
Topic Use of public resources - campaigns 
Respondent Reps. Appleton and Rolfes 
Question/Complaint
May a legislator wear/display their legislative badges paid for with public ressources at a campaign event?
Summary
No. RCW 42.52.180 prohibits the direct or indirect use of public resources to campaign.  There is no de minimis exception for use of public resources in a campaign. Ruling applied prospectively.  Badge also contained the State Seal and that issue will be forwarded to the Secretary of State who enforces the prohibition against campaigning with the use of the Seal.
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