Ethics & Elections Committee Declares Receiving Campaign Contributions From Vendors “Truly Unethical”

Ethics & Elections Committee Declares Receiving Campaign Contributions From Vendors “Truly Unethical”

Announcement Date: August 23, 2016

Having discovered that Greg Sarratt’s, W4OZK, campaign website was being hosted by an amateur radio retailer, K4AC posed a question concerning campaign contributions to the Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E). That exchange is copied below.

(Note: “In Kind” Campaign Contributions are donations of goods and/or services such as web hosting.)


To E&E:

What precisely is the policy/ruling on a candidate soliciting and/or receiving monetary and/or in kind (donation of services/materials/etc.) from an amateur radio vendor?

Thanks & 73,
Doug
K4AC

From E&E:

Doug,

The last paragraph of Board Policy 2.1 details…”It is not our intent, however, to outline every conceivable situation or every facet of ethical behavior.”

Because of the potential for a wide range of conflicts, there is no “precise” policy that can be reasonably stated in our guidelines.  The ARRL Board Conflict of Interest Policy calls for the Ethics and Elections Committee to review these potential conflicts of interest.

The “…common sense…” statement also in the last paragraph of section 2.1, should make it abundantly clear that using one’s position with the ARRL to solicit or accept a donation or services from an ARRL vendor, supplier or advertiser is truly unethical.

Regards,

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Chairman
ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee

To E&E:

Dale:

Thanks for the quick turnaround. Does “truly unethical” apply equally to someone that is not presently on the Board, but is running for a position on the Board? If not, why not?

Thanks,
Doug
K4AC

From E&E:

Doug,

Certainly the ethical guidelines for the election process are in place when the candidate begins his quest for office.  That being said, if a candidate of the future accepted a free hat at the Dayton Hamvention™ Yaseu™ booth before his election process began, he could hardly be accused of an ethics violation.

Do you wish to challenge a candidate’s qualifications?

73,

Dale Williams WA8EFK