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Wyoming incumbents criticized for using state vehicles for campaigning

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August 6, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyoming: Two state officials have come under fire for their use of state vehicles while campaigning for re-election. The officials, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride and state Treasurer Joe Meyer stress that they have not done anything improper, as use of the vehicles for campaign purposes has been incidental to use for official business. However, state ethics law also requires officials to reimburse the state for any costs related to campaigning, which neither of them have done.[1] McBride and Meyer say they pay federal income taxes for using the vehicles and that should cover any extra expenses.

Sen. Cale Case, a member of the Senate Revenue Committee argued, "Taxpayers pay for those vehicles, and it's a part of the office. And you're really not supposed to use any part of your office to get yourself elected." Rep. Keith Gingery said McBride and Meyer should ask the state attorney general's office for clarification on the issue.[2]

Violations of the law can result in up to a $1,000 fine and removal from office. McBride is currently in a close three-way primary race and Meyer is unopposed in the primary and general election.


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