These provisions have been sent to staff on file via email. The Bylaws require every Staff member (paid and unpaid, including management) to sign the statement that they have read and understand these Fair Campaign Provisions. E-signatures will be accepted using this form. Candidates must submit signed copies of the Fair Campaign Rules document no later than 11:59 local time on June 30th, 2023. All candidates, programmers and staff members (paid or unpaid, management or non-management) shall certify that they have read and understood these fair campaign provisions.
Fair Campaign Rules include those mandated by the Bylaws and those proposed by the National Election Supervisor and adopted by the management of the Foundation as a matter of policy.
No Foundation or radio station management or staff (paid or unpaid) may use or permit the use of radio station air time to endorse, campaign or recommend in favor of, or against any candidates for election as a Listener Delegate, nor may air time be made available to some Listener Delegate candidates but not to others, in any capacity, whether as host, guest, caller, or other, whether live or recorded, including to discuss matters not directly related to station elections.
No foundation or radio station management or staff (paid or unpaid) may give any on-air endorsements to any candidates for Listener Delegate. The Board of Directors may not, nor may the LSB, nor any committee of the Board or of an LSB, as a body, endorse any candidates for election as a Delegate. However, an individual Director or Delegate who is a Member in good standing may endorse or sign petitions for candidates in his/her individual capacity.
All staff , management and candidate or candidate groups, or candidate supporters that maintain a website with station logos, call letters and/or references to station programs or candidates for election to Pacifica boards, are subject to, and shall be bound by these rules: Endorsements of candidates or prospective candidates on any official Pacifica web site or Pacifica station website are not permitted, either explicitly or via hyperlink to another web-page. Any website not linked from an official web site, which any station or Foundation staff or management maintain or contribute to, bearing the logo, names or partial names of an official Pacifica website but which is, in fact, independent of any Pacifica station, can endorse candidates but must include the following disclaimer prominently and on all pages.
“DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.”
Endorsement emails (web-based & list-serve) are permitted only if the email addresses were not taken directly from any station resources or web site.
(a) A membership list is a corporate asset. Without consent of the board a membership list or any part thereof may not be obtained or used by any person for any purpose not reasonably related to a member’s interest as a member. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, without the consent of the board a membership list or any part thereof may not be:
Station resources, including, but not limited to staff services, airtime, social media, endorsements, station equipment, and meeting space must be provided equally to all candidates.
Any listeners may organize community meetings to bring together listeners and prospective candidates for the purpose of learning about prospective candidates and collecting petition signatures. Any such events may be announced on-air provided they have been approved by the Election Supervisor, are open to all nominated candidates, are open to any listener, are in a handicap-accessible location, do not endorse any candidates, raise money for any candidates, or promote events to raise money for any candidates.
Listener candidates are not permitted to call in to shows, or otherwise allow their voices to be heard on-air, even if they do not use their names. If prospective candidates have called into a show during the nominations phase this may count towards their on-air opportunity and they may not be invited to participate in the station’s on-air listener forum.
When Fair Campaign Provisions Begin
Staff will be expected to check this list before scheduling any guests, playing any pre-recorded piece, or recording any announcements in order to assure compliance with the Fair Campaign rules. For all Foundation and station staff and management, the Fair Campaign Provisions commence on June 1, 2023 with the opening of the nomination period, and apply to all prospective candidates (candidates who have and have not completed their nominations packet).
How To Report a Perceived Violation
2. The name of the persons alleged to have violated the rules
3. The approximate date and time of the violation as precisely as possible.
4. The number of the rule or rules alleged to have been violated
5. A brief description of what happened.
6. Evidence, which can include, a recording, a video, an eyewitness account, or a document.
Please note that at the time that an election complaint is filed, election staff will notify all parties and request more information as this will enter into their decisions.
For listener candidates:
First violation – If inadvertent, ie by mistake, omission, or lack of clarity about the fair campaign rules, a candidate who has broken a rule which resulted in unequal access to station resources (eg. air time), will lose their participation in the on air listener candidate forums and promotional video carts.Second violation – A second violation by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate, or a first violation that is objectively purposeful or malicious, will result in candidate disqualification.