Board issues Advisory Memorandum to City Council regarding Ward Newsletters and Websites

January 14, 2020

At its meeting on January 13, 2020, the Board issued a Memorandum to the full City Council and their Chiefs of Staff addressing improper mingling of City/constituent services content with electioneering/political content in a Ward newsletter (in one of two cases referred to us by the Office of Inspector General), and on a website that functions as an official City site (in the other). Rather than pursue enforcement actions in these cases, the Board voted unanimously at its meeting yesterday to use them as “teachable moments.” To read this Memo, see the attached.

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