Sorry, I do not wish to argue here with you. Keep in mind I did not create any of the legal doctrines. So please do not shoot the messenger.I don't believe the organization leased the government property, they simply used it.
They could not have used it without prior authorization. So I am sure the county allowed them to use the space.What gives them the authority to supersede public recording policies on public property? They don't own the property and it was an open-to-the public event.
Under AGO 1998 No. 15, a governing body does not have authority to ban video or sound recording of a meeting required to be open under the Act; it may regulate recording only to the extent necessary to preserve order at the meeting and facilitate public attendance.
However, this AGO does not apply to private individuals using public property with permission, which this is. As such, private individuals may limit recording even if they are using government space for an event, provided that this is PRIVATE event.
Now, the default rule is that anyone can pretty much tape - see here
(warning, instant download) and scroll to Who Can Tape a Debate?
However, if the candidates specifically agree in advance not to tape and ask the audience not to either, they CAN do limit this, even if using a public forum.
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