TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCILMAN HARRISON TAYLOR ACCUSED OF CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS
District 2 Tuscaloosa City Councilman Harrison Taylor is accused of sending out a campaign flier using city funds.
The flier with Taylor’s campaign slogan “A Promise Made, Promise Kept” on it was sent out to residents in his district inside their December water bill.
It’s illegal for the city of Tuscaloosa to pay for mailing anything related to campaigns thanks to the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act.
Taylor’s opponent, Raevan Howard, addressed the Tuscaloosa City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, saying he believes the move is a violation of the act.
“When I looked at it, I felt like it was a campaign flier,” Howard said. “It had Mr. Taylor’s campaign slogan. It was not in the normal annual letter that you would see from other candidates on the City Council.”
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the issue has reached his office and has been investigated. Maddox and the city’s attorney met with Taylor, and Maddox said Taylor will reimburse the city for the cost of the mailing.
Maddox said that, by law, he must report the incident to the State Ethics Commission.