Here’s the background on that question:
To my knowledge, the government of Fulton County provides a website for each county commissioner. My county commissioner, Bill Edwards, has an official website provided by the Fulton County Government and he also has an “extended site” (http://www.co.fulton.ga.us/goodthings/) which appears to be paid for by the Fulton County Government.
On Commissioner Edwards’ extended website, there’s a PDF file entitled “You Have Three Options” in which this quote appears from Edwards:
“As your district commissioner, I have reviewed all of the facts and strongly believe that we should remain unincorporated at this time.”
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with anyone expressing their opinion on an issue, so I’m not faulting Commissioner Edwards for that.
My concern lies with the fact that it seems as if Bill Edwards is using public funds to influence the outcome of an election.
I’ve put a call into the state ethics commission (I’m waiting on them to call me back) and I’ve tried looking up this subject matter in the OCGA (I liked the other database better), but I can’t find anything that answers my question; so I pose that question to all of you.
Is it illegal to use government funds to influence an election?