Political Advertising

The officer or employee knows is false; and

Is sufficiently substantial and important as to be reasonably likely to influence a voter to vote for or against the measure.

Election Code 255.003


  1. Is published in a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical in return for consideration;
  2. Is broadcast by radio or television in return for consideration;
  3. Appears in a pamphlet, circular, flier, billboard, or other sign, bumper sticker, or similar form of written communication; or
  4. Appears on an internet website.


It includes no more than two pictures of a public officer per page and if the total amount of area covered by the pictures is no more than 20 percent of the page on which the pictures appear;

It includes no more than eight personally phrased references, such as the public officer's name, "I," "me," "the city council member," on a page that is 8 1/2" x 11" or larger, with a reasonable reduction in the number of such personally phrased references in pages smaller than 8 1/2" x 11"; and

When viewed as a whole and in the proper context:

Is informational rather than self-promotional;

Does not advocate passage or defeat of a measure; and

Does not support or oppose a candidate for nomination or election to a public office or office of political party, a political party, or a public officer.

1 TAC 26.2


Support of a Candidate

Influencing Elections

Election Interference

Political Expenditures

Use of Student Service Fee

Government Code Chapter 556 does not prohibit the payment of reasonable dues to an organization that represents student interests before the legislature or the U.S. Congress from that portion of mandatory student service fees that is allocated to the student government organization at an institution of higher education. A mandatory student service fee may not be used to influence the outcome of an election. [See FD] Gov't Code 556.002(b)

Termination of Employment

Compensation Prohibited

Information on Restrictions

A state agency shall provide each officer and employee of the agency a copy of Government Code 556.004 and require a signed receipt on delivery. A new copy and receipt are required if one of those provisions is changed. A state agency shall maintain receipts collected from current officers and employees under this section in a manner accessible for public inspection. Gov't Code 556.009


Vernon College



DATE ISSUED: 11/21/2018