January 28, 1988
Topic: Joint committee for re-election of two county judges
Digest: Joint fund-raising efforts by a single committee for the re-election of two county judges is impermissible
Rules: 22 NYCRR 100.7
On the facts stated in the inquiry, both county judges presently serving, by establishing a joint campaign committee, would be taking part in a political campaign other than their own and such political activity is prohibited (22 NYCRR 100.7). Participation by either Judge directly or indirectly, in the activities and functioning of the single joint re-election committee constitutes an involvement in a political campaign other than the judge’s own campaign for judicial office, and by rule is impermissible (22 NYCRR 100.7[c]).
This Opinion is advisory only and does not bind either the Office of Court Administration or the Commission on Judicial Conduct.