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12 May 2010

Public Service Comission Candidate Makes Improper Use Of State Seal [UPDATE]

The campaign of Public Service Commission candidate Tim Echols may find itself in hot water with the state over an apparent improper use of the state seal.

Georgia state law says, "it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or campaign committee to use or display the great seal or a facsimile of the state emblem on or in connection with any campaign poster, sign, or advertisement for election to any public office in such a manner as to falsely suggest or imply that the person on whose behalf the same is used is at the time a holder of a public office for which a commission bearing said seal is used."

In other words, if an individual is not currently a statewide elected official or a member of the General Assembly, use of the state seal is prohibited. Below is an screenshot of Tim Echols' campaign web site:



O.C.G.A. 50-3-32 says that any person violating O.C.G.A. 50-3-32 "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

[UPDATE:] The Echols campaign website no longer features the state seal.