Thursday, November 09, 2006

Using taxpayer funded websites for incumbents

As more governments use the web to offer public services, more politicians are using the taxpayer's money to promote themselves on government web sites and increase their power as incumbents.

If you take a look at the city and county websites on the Tennessee Tax Revolt Taxpayer Information Center you find MANY with pictures, and videos which are very thinly veiled promos for incumbent politicians. One of the most obvious and amazing examples is www.BrockHill.org. I don't know if taxpayer money is being used for this site but looking at the content of the website, it is clear that its intent is to be a website for Cumberland County. It has a re-elect Brock Hill graphic at the bottom of the page and I could not find any other web site for Cumberland County. This website is listed as the official Cumberland County website at both the County Mayors Association website and the State of Tennessee website.