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CFD union local PAC endorses Bob Allison; disclaimer added to yard signs

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The political action committee of Local 4600 of the International Association of Firefighters--representing the career firefighters of the Chesterton Fire Department--has endorsed Robert “Bob” Allison in the municipal primary on Tuesday, May 7.

Allison is challenging incumbent and fellow Democrat Dane Lafata for the 3rd District seat on the Town Council.

“Bob Allison is running for Town Council in the May 7, 2019, primary,” the PAC said in a statement released last week. “If elected, Bob plans to focus his efforts on boosting economic development, revitalizing the Downtown, getting youth involved in town government, increasing benefits for town employees and retirees, and providing much-needed transparency while on the council. For more information, please contact Bob via his ‘Robert “Bob” Allison for Town Council’ page on Facebook.”

Affiliations: International Association of Firefighters; Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana; AFL-CIO-CLC; PAC Board: Rudy Jimenez, chair; Eric Camel, Steve Himan, Evan Jones, and Brandon Smith.

Disclaimer Added to Signs

Meanwhile, late last week a disclaimer was added to the yard signs placed by Allison’s campaign in the Town of Chesterton.

The disclaimer--in the form of what appears to be something like a mailing label--reads: “Paid for by the Committee to Elect Robert (Bob) Allison.”

On Thursday, the Chair of the Duneland District of the Porter County Republican Party--Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela--filed a formal complaint with the Porter County Election Board alleging that Allison’s yard signs lacked the disclaimer required by Indiana Code.

Under IC 3-9-3-2.5, a candidate’s yard sign must include a disclaimer “that appears and is presented in a clear and conspicuous manner to give the reader or observer adequate notice of the identity of the persons who paid for and, when required, who authorized the communication. A disclaimer does not comply with this section if the disclaimer is difficult to read or if the placement of the disclaimer is easily overlooked.”

According to “Disclaimers, Yard Signs, and Campaign Finance Issues,” issued in June 2016 by Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Election Division, under the section entitled “If the Horse is out of the Barn,” “If disclaimer omitted, or incorrect, correct text can be added to yard signs and other material.”



Posted 5/6/2019




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