Westminster: Rice Campaign Mailer Violated Election Law

Below is a 6.5 x 11 postcard that Westminster Council Member Margie Rice and her daughter Planning Commissioner Anita Rice recently sent out. One side of the postcard featured mayoral candidate Margie Rice while the other side is about Anita Rice who is running for the Midway City Sanitary District.

Government Code Sections: 84305 and 84310 of the Fair Political Practices Commission stipulate that communications by candidate committees for their own election must include the disclaimer of “paid for by committee name”.

Such a disclaimer does not appear anywhere on either of this postcard.

What is also worth noting is Anita Rice’s decision to print her official planning commissioner business card, with the city seal, on the campaign postcard.

Furthermore, there could be another improper use of government resource with Margie Rice’s portrait picture. A quick look at the city website and the sanitary district website will show that her government portrait photo is the same one that is used on her campaign mailer.

Margie and her daughter Anita are not bad people. They just don’t know what they are doing.

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