Suspicious Mailers sent before Primary Election
Jackson, Miss.—Suspicious campaign mailers sent a week before the election drew the attention of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the State Attorney General’s Office.
“Sending campaign hit pieces a week before the election without disclosing who is sending the mailer is not only gutless, it’s illegal,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We strongly believe in the right to free speech, but we also believe in the right to recourse. Ambushing candidates from behind a mail-piece without putting a name or committee is spineless.”
“In 2004, our Office supported and helped pass a law that would have prevented the use of last-minute defamatory campaign material and closed other loopholes in our campaign laws. Unfortunately, Governor Haley Barbour vetoed the legislation and we have been unable to pass such a law ever since. Our office will make every effort to enforce state campaign laws as currently written,” adds Attorney General Jim Hood.
Several campaign mailers aimed at smearing candidates were sent to the Secretary of State’s Office in the last week. These mailers either did not disclose the name or committee of the sender; the name or committee name was not registered with the Secretary of State’s Office; or, the committee on the mailer registered with the Secretary of State’s Office on the last day and filed they had received or spent no money in the latest campaign finance reporting period.