Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Seeing double

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

El Paso County Sheriff Maketa apparently thinks the photo taken at county expense is pretty snazzy, so he's adopted it for his campaign website.

This is Maketas campaign picture.
  • This is Maketa's campaign picture.

This is Maketas county website picture.
  • This is Maketa's county website picture.

This raises questions about whether Maketa is unfairly, and illegally, using county assets for his campaign.

The answer is: No, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lt. Lari Sevene.

"Any of the photos on the El Paso County websites are public record as they are not protected," she writes in an e-mail. "Anyone may 'right click' and copy any of the photos and re-use them freely."

"According to the Secretary of State," Sevene continues, "the mere presence of a photograph on a public website would not make the transfer of that photograph to a campaign website a 'campaign contribution' under the law and therefore not a misuse of county resources."

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