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Penn. Co. Register of Deeds race gets ugly over Facebook disclaimer

Penn. Co. Register of Deeds race gets ugly over Facebook disclaimer

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The race for the office of Pennington County Register of Deeds is heating up over a political Facebook page.
 
Jordan Mason said the county violated free speech when they sent him a legal notice that his campaign Facebook page wasn't in compliance with state law. Specifically, the letter noted that his page didn't have a disclaimer that says "paid for by."

He has since changed his page but said there is no doubt his incumbent is behind the pettiness in as attempt to divert attention away from her mismanagement of the office.
 
"Other people that I know are running in Pennington County also have Facebook pages and none of them, that I'm aware of, have been asked or required to follow the same restrictions that I'm being singled out," said Mason.
 
Incumbent, Donna Mayer concedes that Facebook itself doesn't need a disclaimer but said a political page does. She said Mason's actions are a good example of his "above the law" attitude.
 
"It's very quieting to think that this person that is running for Register of Deeds doesn't feel that he needs to follow the law.  The Registrar of Deeds is required to follow the law.  That is their responsibility on a daily basis," said Mayer.
 
Secretary of State Jason Gant said every candidate is advised to use a disclaimer on "any" material, including Facebook. Although, he recognizes that the law was put into place long before the days of social media.
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