If I were asked to design and maintain a website for a governor seeking reelection highlighting how his or her administration was helping the state to get by in "Tough economic times", would I be violating some written or unwritten rule that says the .gov TLD is primarily informational and non-partisan?
I've seen a lot of .gov website in the past few years that seem to push an agenda, but never before today have I seen one that so specifically tries to get a person reelected (or at the very least not recalled).
Here's an excerpt:
This has been a year of historic change in [my home state]. Facing a $3.6 Billion deficit, Governor [Chuck Norris] and state lawmakers got to work making the hard decisions to get the state's finances back on track. Their reforms gave local governments and school districts the tools they so badly needed to balance their own budgets without raising taxes.
Change is hard. As one school board member and small business owner recently told us, "It's not easy doing what you think is right."
The good news is, the reforms are working.
I'm looking specifically for a reference as to the original intent of the .gov TLD and whether or not that's been broken down and ignored over the course of the lifespan of the Internet or if it's a relatively modern thing to just use a .gov website for purposes of reelection.