Wednesday, July 19, 2006

News Rounds

Today's Times Union is covering the call on Sweeney to return the monies he raised via our Tax Payer funded vacation for his supporters.

The Post Star's Columnist, Mark Freeman noted the improper use of tax payer funds for a Sweeney mailing in a recent piece titled "Cost of Lies Goes to Tax Payers"

And in a similar theme, the Gillibrand Campaign has noted another violation of house ethics committee rules on Sweeney's Campaign and Official House website. I wonder what other taxpayer monies are being used to fund and support Sweeney's Campaign?

MAGIC PHOTO APPEARS ON SWEENEY CAMPAIGN WEBSITE

Hudson - John Sweeney's campaign website features a photo of a smiling John Sweeney sitting next to a flag in front of a brown wall. John Sweeney's official House website features the identical photo of a smiling John Sweeney sitting next to a flag in front of a brown wall with the House seal in the upper right corner.

After looking at the two photos side-by-side, Gillibrand campaign spokesperson Allison Price remarked, "It is like magic, now you see it, now you don't."

According to the House ethics committee's campaign booklet, "official resources of the House must be used for the performance of official business of the House, and hence those resources may not be used for campaign or political purposes...Government funds should not be spent to help incumbents gain reelection." The sharing of resources does not stop with the bio photo that appears on both websites, there are several examples where Sweeney's campaign office and House staff are utilizing the same government resources, both photos and text.

Sweeney has difficulty drawing the line between taxpayer funded items and campaign assets and needs to stop using his position in public service for self serving measures.

Sweeney's House Page Sweeney's Congressional Page

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