In today’s SDUT story, Sam Abed using city website for his campaign, the Escondido Mayor says, “The link (from the city website to his campaign site) was cleared by the City Attorney for compliance, State Law and City Policies before it was created.”
There’s the legal and then there’s the ethical. There’s also common sense. If you don’t want headlines, don’t use public resources for campaign purposes. Oh, not just because of possible headlines, but also because it’s not appropriate.
Bad advice from an attorney aside, no one involved in politics more than about six months really thinks this is ok.