Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Blanchard Shows Memo from 2000 Spelling Out Campaigning Prohibition

In part of his examination of Fuller, Blanchard produced a memo dated May 16, 2000 from then-Assembly Chief Clerk Charlie Sanders to Assembly staffers, spelling out the prohibition of campaign activity on state time. It specifically said that staffers were not to use state facilities or resources that the average citizen would not have access to for campaign purposes.

But under Meyer's cross examination, Fuller said one of the first duties he was assigned when joining as assistant Assembly chief clerk in 2001 was to revamp the Assembly policy manual. He said a review of the old manual by he and then-Chief Clerk John Scocos found there was no definition of campaign activity or a written policy specifically about employees participating in campaign activity.

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