A judge ruled recently (PDF) that a post on a high school’s Facebook page about a school board candidate in a neighboring school district constituted an illegal campaign contribution. Even though no money was given to the candidate, the judge ruled that the post’s influence had intrinsic value.
The debacle began on an August day around noon, when the principal at Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, CO took to the school’s Facebook page to post an article from a local newspaper announcing that a woman named Tomi Grundvig would run for a seat on the school board in a neighboring school district. Grundvig, a substitute teacher and a nurse, had a child attending Liberty Common.
”Liberty Common High School parent Mrs. Tomi Grundvig Announced she’s running for a seat on the Thompson School District Board of Education,” the post on the school’s Facebook page read. “Loveland Reporter-Herald story about the position here:”