CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scolded state Auditor Glen Gainer for taking part in a Visa online campaign promoting the state's purchasing card program.
The panel ruled in an advisory opinion that state officials can't promote programs on a company's website and that Gainer may have violated the Ethics Act by using his office for private gain.
Gainer and other state officials appeared in the online videos last summer. Visa removed the videos at Gainer's request and he also sought the Ethics Commission's opinion.
Media outlets report that the commission said it would be OK for Gainer to promote the purchasing-card program on the state auditor's website, so long as he doesn't mention Visa by name.
A spokesman says the auditor would no longer take part in the promotion.
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