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    News Article | July 20, 2022


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    "I overheard a commissioner talking about the ways he plans to advertise his campaign next year. One of his ideas included hanging political advertising signs in his office window that faces a busy street. He also said he’d like to make one to put in the back window of his county vehicle. This doesn’t sound like a good idea to me."

    May a county official purchase and put up political advertising signs?

    No. It is a violation of the prohibition against misuse of public property to use county resources on a county official's individual political campaign. This includes displaying campaign material in a county office or transporting it in a county vehicle. Tex. Ethics Comm. Op. No. 550 (2019). For more information on ethics, see our Pitfalls and Perils of Public Office publication.