- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Ethics Commission has issued rules for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s taxpayer-funded telephone town halls.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1LShPFf ) reports that the commission ruled Thursday that Morrisey can’t use his name on pre-recorded robocalls inviting people to participate. The caller can only be identified as the attorney general’s office.

Once the caller accepts the invitation and the town hall begins, the attorney general is free to use his name.

Also, the commission said Morrisey can’t conduct the town halls within two months before any election.

Morrisey’s office has entered into a $77,000 contract with Tele-Town Hall LLC to conduct up to 35 telephone town halls on consumer protection issues. Each session can host up to 20,000 participants.

Morrisey asked the commission for guidance on the town halls.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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