Idaho Dems Use of State Seal On Campaign Literature Violates Rules

"We're the keeper of the great seal, so we put out some guidelines. We ask them not to use it, and they normally take it off."

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The Idaho Secretary of State's Office has warned two Democratic legislators and one candidate for the Statehouse that they abused state policy by using the the official seal of Idaho in campaign literature.

The Associated Press reports that Boise Sen. Elliot Werk, Boise Rep. Sue Chew and District 17A House candidate John Gannon sent out a campaign newsletter earlier this week, highlighting Republican ethics transgressions and asking for donations for two of the candidates.

Tim Hurst, deputy secretary of state, told the AP that there was no penalty for abusing the policy, but his office determines when the state seal can be affixed to official statements.

"We're the keeper of the great seal, so we put out some guidelines," Hurst told the AP. "We ask them not to use it, and they normally take it off."

Werk told the AP that he took "full responsibility for the oversight" and pledged that future campaign mailings to voters would not include the seal.

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