Name Use Questioned In Ad

Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill may have violated a state ethics law, prohibiting officeholders from using their names in audio, video or newspaper ads paid for with state funds. A new television ad, promoting Hill’s unclaimed property division includes text reading, “Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.” State officeholders in Indiana can use their office title in connection with ads pertaining to official business, but they cannot use their names, according to a 2010 ethics statute. The attorney general’s office is working to take down the ads until the rules are reviewed. They have aired as the state inspector general investigates allegations Hill groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March. Hill denies the allegations amid calls to resign from the Republican governor and legislative leaders.

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