Thursday, June 3, 2010

Yes, No And Maybe So

The Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has addressed a number of issues relating to campaigning for judicial office with the following responses:

(1) May a judicial candidate send an email inviting persons to attend a fundraiser for the candidate’s campaign and personally encourage persons to attend the fundraiser?

ANSWER: No.

(2) May a judicial candidate, in answering questions by voters as to what criteria they should use to evaluate candidates for judicial office, indicate that he or she agrees with the criteria used by a named United States President in nominating identified justices of the United States Supreme Court?

ANSWER: No.

(3a) May a judicial candidate participate in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for a charitable organization?

ANSWER: Yes.

(3b)  May a judicial candidate participate in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for a charitable organization while wearing a shirt advertising the candidate's campaign?

ANSWER: Yes.

(3c)    May members of the judicial candidate's campaign committee participate in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for a charitable organization while wearing a shirt advertising the candidate's campaign?

ANSWER: Yes.

(4a)  May a judicial candidate accept an endorsement from a non-judicial elected official who is not campaigning for election?

ANSWER: Yes, but only if the partisan aspects of the official’s position are not mentioned.

(4b)  If a judicial candidate accepts an endorsement from a non-judicial elected official, may the judicial candidate: (i) advertise the endorsement on the judicial candidate's campaign website; (ii) advertise the endorsement in printed campaign advertisements; and (iii) discuss the endorsement in a campaign speech or other public forum?

ANSWER: Yes.

(5)  May a judicial candidate accept an endorsement from a non-judicial candidate for elected office?

ANSWER: No.

(6)  May a judicial candidate place an advertisement on the side of a moving advertising truck which would also display other advertisements for other candidates for elected office?

ANSWER: No.

(7)  May a judicial candidate purchase tent space with funds drawn from the campaign account made out to the organizer of the county fair, and share space in the tent alongside other candidates for judicial or non-judicial elected office?

ANSWER: Yes, but only if the sharing of tent space with other candidates is done in a manner which does not create an appearance that the judicial candidate is running as part of a slate or as a member of a political party.

(Mike Frisch)

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