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The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Carolyn Laurie Your Non-Answer Answer on Public Buildings No Place for Campaigning

2010 Election, Cudahy

Not sure if everyone saw Carolyn Laurie’s post in the “Your Stories”, so I will repost here and give the answer (well more of a non-answer answer) after Carolyn Laurie’s post that Cudahy’s City Attorney gave after I emailed the city on her question.  I also sent the City Attorney a clarification to which when I get an answer I will post it up.

 

Public Buildings No Place For Campaigning

Submitted By Carolyn Laurie

 

Posted: Jan. 11, 2010 10:05 a.m.

 

I recently read a comment posted by one of Randy Hollenbeck's readers.  The reader questioned (and criticized) the ability for candidates running for political office to use public buildings as forums for campaigning.

 

I'm curious about the law and campaign ethics here.  I've observed two candidates used the Cudahy Public Library to conduct either a fundraiser or meet the candidate event.  Based on another comment posted on Mr. Hollenbeck's blog citing McCain Feingold, I am led to believe that the explicit use of a government owned property or building for partisan political purposes, individual benefit or political campaigning is strictly illegal.

 

 Is this the sort of thing that could remove a candidate from the ballot?  Is it the kind of behavior we expect from our elected officials?

 

 I am lead to believe that certain municipal employees, and even the librarian are actually campaigning for some candidates.  Isn't this a violation of the law?  I do not support the use of my tax money for political campaigning.

 

 I would like information on how to start a formal inquiry into this matter.  Does anyone know the appropriate steps, or whom to speak with regarding unethical campaigning?

 

 One concerned resident,

 

 Carolyn Laurie

 

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From: Randy Hollenbeck

Sent: Mon 1/11/2010 3:13 PM

To: Robert Goss; Paul Eberhardy

Cc: Jason Litkowiec; Joe Mikolajczak; Mark Otto; Mary Schissel; Thomas Pavlic; dbice@journalsentinel.com; Ryan McCue; tkertscher@journalsentinel.com

 

Subject: Public Buildings No Place For Campaigning

 

This might be something someone from the city should address.

 

http://www.bayviewnow.com/userstoriessubmitted/81141347.html

 

 

Randy Hollenbeck

 

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Any questions that a person has regarding campaign issues, to include campaigning, should be directed to that person's attorney.

 

Thank you,

 

Paul T. Eberhardy

Cudahy City Attorney

4600 S. Packard Avenue, Ste. 3

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2243: Phone

(414) 744-1911: Fax

 

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Attorney Eberhardy, for clarification purposes, anyone questioning election campaign issues, to include campaigning, must obtain legal counsel to have those questions answered.

 

Randy Hollenbeck

 

 

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Hello,

 

Please see my initial e-mail, which states that a person "should be directed to that person's attorney."  There is no "must" in that sentence.  Whether a person chooses to obtain their own counsel is entirely that person's decision.

 

I represent the Common Council and the City's governing bodies.

 

Thank you,

 

Paul T. Eberhardy

Cudahy City Attorney

4600 S. Packard Avenue, Ste. 3

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2243: Phone

(414) 744-1911: Fax

 

 

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From: Randy Hollenbeck

Sent: Tue 1/12/2010 12:00 PM

To: Paul Eberhardy

Subject: RE: Clarification

 

So they can contact you without legal counsel on these matters?

 

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From: Paul Eberhardy [mailto:eberhardyp@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US]

Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:03 PM

To: Randy Hollenbeck

Subject: RE: Clarification

 

That's also up to the person.

 

Thank you,

 

Paul T. Eberhardy

Cudahy City Attorney

4600 S. Packard Avenue, Ste. 3

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2243: Phone

(414) 744-1911: Fax

 

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From: Randy Hollenbeck

Sent: Tue 1/12/2010 12:12 PM

To: Paul Eberhardy

Subject: RE: Clarification

 

Thank you for the clarifications and your time.

 

Randy Hollenbeck

 

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From: Paul Eberhardy [mailto:eberhardyp@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US]

Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:16 PM

To: Randy Hollenbeck

Subject: RE: Clarification

 

 

You're welcome.

 

Thank you,

 

Paul T. Eberhardy

Cudahy City Attorney

4600 S. Packard Avenue, Ste. 3

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2243: Phone

(414) 744-1911: Fax

 

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From: Paul Eberhardy [mailto:eberhardyp@CI.CUDAHY.WI.US]

Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:33 PM

To: Randy Hollenbeck

Subject: RE: Clarification

 

 

Another option is to contact the Government Accountability Board.

 

Thank you,

 

Paul T. Eberhardy

Cudahy City Attorney

4600 S. Packard Avenue, Ste. 3

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2243: Phone

(414) 744-1911: Fax

 

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To contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Click Link below

 

http://elections.state.wi.us/contact.asp

 

 

 

 

 

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