Documents Show Friends of Nick Hyde Campaign Committee Officials Using Taxpayer Resources for Campaign Work on Government Time
RiverReader Staff report
GALENA — Public documents show that on 12 separate occasions, during taxpayer funded working hours, Mary Beth Hyde, the elected Galena City Clerk who also serves as campaign treasurer for Nick Hyde, Democrat candidate for state representative in the 89th district, used city owned equipment and public resources paid for by taxpayers to send and receive partisan campaign communications in violation of state law.
“For the Nick Hyde campaign to be so blatant in their disregard for State Ethics Law is truly shocking,” said Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling. “Taxpayers and voters shouldn’t tolerate it. Anyone can go to the State Board of Elections website and see these faxed reports, clearly stamped ‘City of Galena’ on the top along with City Clerk Hyde’s official fax number. It’s no wonder Republicans have felt outgunned in this state when Democrat campaigns are being run out of government offices.”
“I think common sense would conclude that a campaign that is working on government time and with government resources is illegal, and that’s just common sense,” said Andrew Chesney, Republican candidate in the 89th district.
Documented phone records and pay records, supplied by the Illinois Republican Party, obtained by open source information found on the Internet, and from the City of Galena through Freedom of Information Act requests confirm the campaigning on city time using taxpayer resources.
“I don’t think you need to be politically savvy or have a great depth of political experience to know that you can’t use government resources to work on a campaign. Period,” Chesney said.
“As the official keeper of the city’s ordinances, I would hope Clerk Mary Beth Hyde takes the time to look up Galena City Ordinance 36.70 (A), the Illinois State Official and Employees Ethics Act, which prohibits the very type of activity she has engaged in on behalf of the Nick Hyde campaign,” Sterling concluded.
The Illinois State Board of Elections and the Jo Davies State’s Attorney Office have been notified.