Do you notice anything wrong about this paid political advertisement?
This appeared in the Future Farmers of America catalogue for the Northview High School’s Blue Jacket Jamboree in April 2016.
As you can see … THERE IS NO LEGALLY REQUIRED ‘DISCLAIMER’ IN THIS AD. WILL THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PROSECUTE THE SHERIFF AND HIS CAMPAIGN ASSISTANT AND CHIEF DEPUTY, ERIC HAINES, OR WILL HE SWEEP IT ‘UNDER THE RUG’ … AS HE DID RECENTLY WHEN IT WAS PUBLICLY PROVEN THAT THE SHERIFF VIOLATED THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND STATUTES?
FURTHERMORE, MR. MORGAN HIMSELF, ARRESTED HIS FORMER OPPONENT, JOHN POWELL, FOR A MINOR CAMPAIGN REPORT VIOLATION.
“Does ANYBODY feel any urgency to remove such a violator from office, not to mention Mr. Eddins, who never investigated or charged Morgan for such a wrong-doing? Eddins accepted the charges for prosecution against Morgan’s former candidate for Sheriff 4 years ago, Mr. John Powell. Powell was charged with a misrepresentation of only $100 in a finance report, which was a small oversight managed by unpaid staff. Here, Morgan’s Chief Deputy, Eric Haines, is managing Morgan’s campaign finances WHILE ON THE JOB as an Escambia County Law Enforcement Officer. THIS IS MUCH MORE SERIOUS than Morgan trying to eliminate competition by bringing his opponent forward with feckless charges just weeks before his election against Powell, just 4 years ago! OUR TAXES ARE PAYING FOR MORGAN’S CAMPAIGN! COME ON!
The information below came to the Panhandle Politico from a reliable anonymous source within the Sheriff’s Office. Since your State Attorney is not interested, we thought you should know:
There is more to it than missing a disclaimer, the manner in which the advertisement was placed was illegal as well.
- On April 1, 2016 Chief Deputy Eric Haines used his scanned key to enter into the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 09:10 AM. This is according to the key log of the sheriff’s office obtained by a public records request.
- On April 1, 2016 at 09:26 AM (while still being on property and on duty at the ECSO) Chief Deputy Eric Haines emailed the above illegal political advertisement to a gmail account belonging to the person who put the FFA catalogue together. According to a copy of the email, this message is time stamped. Additionally, this correspondence came from Chief Deputy Eric Haines’ iPhone.
(Note: due to the fact that the person Eric Haines emailed the artwork to is under the age of 18, their name will not be released in this periodical).
- The following images show the tangible proof that yes, Chief Deputy Eric Haines was conducting political activity for his boss, Sheriff David Morgan, on county time. Please see the time sheets below as they clearly connect the dots to the illegal political behavior.