This is the time of year when political issues are being discussed, both at the local and state level. Please be cognizant of your professional role here at CWU and the Washington State Ethics Law as you navigate these requests.
The Washington State Ethics law forbids use of any state resources for political purposes. From the Washington State Executive Ethics Board (EEB) website:
"The states ethics law prohibits the use of state facilities and resources for political campaigns, including lobbying. Facilities and resources include, but are not limited to, stationery, postage, machines, equipment, use of state employees during working hours, vehicles, office space, publications of the agency, and clientele list of persons served by the agency. Be careful."
In addition, don't forget that the Washington State Ethics Law applies to you, as a state employee, 24 hours each day. We receive SPAM e-mails all the time. They arrive from organizations that we belong to, from those trying to sell us new products, from those that are smart enough to get through our SPAM filters! E-mails of a political nature fall into this category. As Melanie de Leon, Executive Director of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board (EEB), explained in her training here at CWU last spring, "It's the next action that is the critical step." Don't respond. Simply delete the e-mail.
The EEB website(http://www.ethics.wa.gov/index.htm) is jam packed with information that you might find helpful. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Staci Sleigh-Layman, 509-963-1256, firstname.lastname@example.org).