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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Fundraising: Opinion 14-08

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics 

Fundraising

Solicitation of Funds — Behind-the-scenes Activities

Opinion 14-08

Background: The inquiring judge asked if it is ethically permissible for him to continue participating in his local public radio stations’ on-air fund drives now that he has become a judge.

Opinion: The committee concluded that the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct prohibit a judge from personally participating in the solicitation of funds or engaging in other fundraising activities on behalf of governmental, civic or charitable organizations. The judge may participate in certain, behind-the-scenes activities such as placing labels on forms and inputting data into the computer.

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