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A-G Hill May Have Violated Law Thru Radio & TV Ads

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill may have violated a state ethics law prohibiting officeholders from using their names in audio, video or newspaper ads paid for with state funds.

A new radio and television ad promoting Hill’s unclaimed property division includes text reading, “Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.”

State officeholders in Indiana can use their office title in connection with ads pertaining to official business, but they cannot use their names, according to the 2010 ethics statute.

The statute provides exceptions for a communication by the governor concerning public health or safety; or a communication related to a “compelling public policy” issue for which the State Budget Agency approves the spending on the recommendation of the State Budget Committee.

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