Politics — The House District 25 candidate steps down from radio show after station called out for not providing equal candidate air time

Bill Post, candidate for House District 25, announced March 10 that he would temporarily resign from his position with 1430 KYKN, after fellow candidate hopeful Barbara Jensen brought attention to FCC rules and election laws.

“This is an expected development and a sacrifice I planned for and am willing to make for the opportunity to represent the people of House District 25,” Post said in a press release. “I love talking on the radio and will miss it greatly. I will remain program director and operations manager at 1430 KYKN …”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Resigned - Bill Post, candidate for House District 25, resigned from his conservative radio talk show after opponent Barbara Jensen pointed out his show violated federal election laws.

On March 10, Jensen’s lawyer Thomas Rask sent a letter to station manager Mike Frith stating that Post either needed to resign from his talk show or each candidate should have equal time — which he estimated at 15 hours a week — available to them to be in compliance with federal law.

“The law in this area is clear and well-settled,” Rask wrote. “It is clear that this rule applies when a current on-air personality, such as Mr. Post, becomes a candidate for public office.”

The law states that any licensed broadcast station that provides a candidate for public office use of the station, needs to provide equal time for all candidates for that position.

Post filed as a candidate for state Rep. Kim Thatcher’s position in December.

“Since that time, KYKN has allowed Mr. Post to continue to host his radio show for three hours a day, five days per week,” the letter continues. “Mr. Post has made little effort to distinguish between his radio show and his campaign, often using the radio show’s Facebook page to explicitly promote his campaign and direct visitors to his campaign website.”

This included sharing Post’s campaign Facebook posts on the radio’s Facebook page as recently as March 10.

Rask wrote that in addition to the request, he and his client Jensen would report the station’s actions to the Secretary of State’s office “and (are) considering what further actions we may take.”

Jensen also mentioned possible campaign finance law violations.

“The lines between The Bill Post Radio Show and Bill Post’s candidacy for public office are blurred beyond comprehension. It is our hope the Secretary of State will resolve the possible campaign violations we’ve identified,” said Jesse Alexander, Jensen’s campaign manager. “We have campaign finance laws for a reason, and voters deserve transparency during the election process.”

Rask identified the potential finance violations as possible consideration of Post’s air time as a campaign contribution.

Post and Jensen are the only Republican candidates vying for the position; Newberg City Councilor Ryan Howard is the sole Democrat. The primary election is scheduled for May 20.

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