Morgan County                                         Election Commission
PO Box 266
415 N Kingston St.
Wartburg, TN 37887                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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To all Morgan County political candidates, public and voters of Morgan County:

Morgan County Administrator of Elections Tim Sweat –
Our office has been fielding questions and complaints about possible violations of state law (TCA 2-19-120) regarding the failure to include the appropriate source disclosure (PAID BY COMMITTEEE TO  ---- or PAID BY CANDIDATE, etc.) on political communications including, but not limited to, campaign advertising, mailers, placards, yard signs, billboards, etc.   Some smaller items such as bumper stickers, pins, buttons, pens, novelties, and similar small items upon which the disclaimer cannot be conveniently printed are exempt, but the larger items outlined hereinabove are NOT EXEMPT. 
If the political communication, advertisement or solicitation is paid for and authorized by the candidate, or an authorized committee of the candidate, it must clearly state as much. If it is not paid for and authorized by the candidate, it must clearly state that as well.
A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor, making it a criminal offense.

According to the Supreme Court of Tennessee, it has been recognized that the state has strong and valid interest in preserving the integrity of the electoral process. One way states ensure the integrity of the electoral process is to impose criminal sanctions upon persons who anonymously publish or distribute campaign literature and advertisements, as is done in T.C.A. § 2-19-120. The statute is not unique. In fact, more than 43 states and the federal government impose such sanctions. An obvious purpose of these statutes is topromote honesty and fairness in the conduct of an election campaign. They also ensure that voters have information which will aid them in assessing the bias, interest, and credibility of the person or organization disseminating information about political candidates, and in determining the weight to be given a particular statement.  (State v. Acey)

The statute reads as follows:

§ 2-19-120 - Political Communications, Advertising And Solicitations -- Contents -- Applicability -- Penalties.


(a) Whenever any person makes an expenditure for the purpose of financing a communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, as defined by § 2-10-102, or that solicits any contribution, through any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, poster, yard sign, direct mailing or any other form of general public political advertising, a disclaimer meeting the requirements of subdivision (a)(1), (2), (3) or (4) shall appear and be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner to give the reader, observer or listener adequate notice of the identity of persons who paid for and, where required, who authorized the communication. Such person is not required to place the disclaimer on the front face or page of any such material, as long as a disclaimer appears within the communication, except on communications, such as billboards, that contain only a front face. 
  (1) Such communication, including any solicitation, if paid for and authorized by a candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate, or its agent shall clearly state that the communication has been paid for by the authorized political committee, in addition to the identity of the person who is the head of such committee, or the identity of the treasurer of such committee. 
  (2) Such communication, including any solicitation, if authorized by a candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate or an agent thereof, but paid for by any other person, shall clearly state that the communication is paid for by such other person and is authorized by such candidate, authorized committee or agent. 
  (3) Such communication, including any solicitation, if made on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate, but paid for by any other person and not authorized by a candidate, authorized committee of a candidate or its agent, shall clearly state that the communication has been paid for by such person and is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. 
  (4) (A) For solicitations directed to the general public on behalf of a political committee which is not an authorized committee of a candidate, such solicitation shall clearly state the full name of the person who paid for the communication. 
(B) For purposes of this section, whenever a separate segregated fund solicits contributions to the fund from those persons it may solicit, such communication shall not be considered a form of general public advertising. Such advertisements shall also include the name of the printer of such advertisement, and the identity of the person who paid for the advertisement. 

(b) The requirements of this section do not apply to bumper stickers, pins, buttons, pens, novelties, and similar small items upon which the disclaimer cannot be conveniently printed. 

(c) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor. 

Acts 1972, ch. 740, § 1; T.C.A., § 2-1920; Acts 1987, ch. 395, § 1; 1989, ch. 591, § 113; 1990, ch. 812, §§ 1-3; 1991, ch. 436, § 1; 1992, ch. 666, §§ 1, 2; 2004, ch. 480, §§ 11, 12.

 Administrator Sweat, please distribute this information to all Morgan County political candidates and publish this on your website or by whatever means it may best reach the public and voters of Morgan County.

Thank you, Russell Johnson

 

 



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