Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A.G. investigating mailers

Secretary of State Diggert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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.

“Either they are doing mailers for free, or someone is not being truthful in disclosure,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “This type of politics denigrates the entire voting process, promotes voter apathy in Mississippi and discourages future candidates.  We are pleased the Attorney General is looking into these mailers.”


Hot As Hell In Neshoba said...

No mention is made in the lead post about what he's talking about. Can we assume it's the cartoon being circulated in Madison County?

Anonymous said...

On a side note I am getting bag boys mailers here in South Carolina! Not a bad way to spend money.

Anonymous said...

"that would have prevented the use of last-minute defamatory campaign material" ... Given that it's not defamatory until a court says it is, I'm wondering what the practical effect is here. First Amendment & all that, y'know.

Anonymous said...

"In 2004, our Office supported and helped pass a law that would have prevented the use of last-minute defamatory campaign material... Unfortunately, Governor Haley Barbour vetoed the legislation and we have been unable to pass such a law ever since."

Add this to the list that starts with Kemper. Thank you Haley!

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Did the SOS say these mailers were illegal and then the AG say that they were not because the law was vetoed?

Anonymous said...

know what else is suspicious that Delbert Hosemann should look into? elected officials who dont disclose in campaign finance reports the names of their government office staffers also being paid with campaign funds. If elected officials want to pay their government employees with campaign funds too, go for it. but tell the public who they are and what they are paid. dont weave some elaborate coverup through payroll companies and anonymous llcs

Anonymous said...

What about made up allegations about FBI investigations?

Is that legal?

Anonymous said...

What 2004 vetoed bill is the AG talking about? Is he talking about the completely unconstitutional campaign finance reform bill that mirrored the law struck down by the US Supreme Court in the Citizens United case? If so, our AG just pointed out how much of a prophet Haley turned out to be with his veto. Hey, Bill Allain, Jr., your campaign finance bill was unconstitutional, jackass. He was right to veto it.

Anonymous said...

This shouldn't be that hard. Follow the money back to Rudy and Tim and get it over with.

Anonymous said...

I love the delivery.
The SOS says it's illegal, and the A.G. says *haley is to blame* for such tactics being legal and that he is looking into it.

Anonymous said...

1:04, the allegations about an FBI investigation are not made up. The CL confirmed from several sources. Also, the facts seem pretty straight forward. Certainly appears Pickering evaded taxes on between close to $200,000 of income. Also, if he did not pay the tax, then the personal use of campaign funds were illegal.

Facts are facts.

Anonymous said...

I received 12 mailers today. It seems odd that only two have the same Permit No. 1005 in the U.S. Postage PAID area...the Puppeteer mailer and the mailer from Gerald Steen. Hmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Don't Anita Wray's mailers have permit 1005 on them? I smell Brandt.

Anonymous said...

The permit numbers mystify me. Today's batch:

1005 - Anita Wray, Dinsmor ltr for Steen, Steen, Lee Westbrook endorse for Mike Pantin, Matt Shackelford

374 - MHB, Jill Ford

591 - David McRae

The Westbrook thing looks like an official document on outside - I expected to be voting info. Shabby guy, Lee.

Anonymous said...

1005: MHB political cartoon; Jill Ford, Tray Baxter, Sheila Jones. ( neg ad.)
1005: Gerald Steen.
1005: Anita Wray.
1005: John Bell Crosby.
(this is just skimming through comments on JJ having not received any of the mailers).

Anonymous said...

The Supers are squirming. Mary did a great interview about this issue with JT at the Neshoba County Fair today after her speech against State corruption. We are very proud of her. JT said many positive things about the Clean Sweep candidates, Ford, Jones, and Baxter.I think this mailer is easy to isolate if you look at who drew the artwork. How smart was this mailer stunt?

Puppet This said...

Makes no difference. The cartoon has backfired on Rudy, J.Bell, Howland (who never talks) and Steen. The only people swayed by the clever cartoon are the undecided and about 25% of those committed to the incumbent triumverant. Those will switch over to the challengers. Funny how this shit works out. lol.

Anonymous said...

3:55 PM

"multiple sources"

Parrish? Thats one.

- shes been and being paid by Mary.

Mary? Mary's office?

- Mary is running against Pickering and paying the above "source"

The FBI declined to comment....refused to say yes or no.

Mary, you are 3:55....go home to your criminal husband who should be sleeping in Parchman.

Anonymous said...

I hope they find out who is behind this before the election. But we already know, Rudy and his minions.

Anonymous said...

I see, over in the sidebar, in the Clarion Ledger box: "Butler slings mud on Neshoba stump" . How much does it cost, to "influence" someone controlling content for a DYING NEWSPAPER? Probably not much. Probably cost less to "influence" some "journalist", than Rudy gets for one billable hour.

I stopped clicking on CL's headlines, when they made the Jessica Chambers story into a tale about a poor, misunderstood, immigrant store owner. Clarion Ledger seems to root for the bad guys, these days.

Anonymous said...

11:02 You say you stopped clicking headlines, yet you're still visiting the "dying" newspaper's website on a regular basis. How do you know they "root for the bad guys?"

Stump Broke said...

That ain't mud on that stump.

Anonymous said...

The printer of the mailer knows who paid for this defamatory cartoon mailer that seems to be "spot-dropped" in Madison County. A court subpeona would solve this mystery...certainly the printer has THESE records ..but waaaaaaait...find out who did this mailer before this race isn't a priority to the SOS. Here's a swift kick solution -- whatcha waitin' on???

Anonymous said...

Rudy has had to spend a lot of money to reelect his minions. I bet the county gets some big bills over the next few months.

Anonymous said...

I believe the permit numbers belong to the printer or mailing company.

Anonymous said...

This is crazy...what a stupid political decision by members of Madison's Board of Supervisors. Did somebody wake up and say, "I'M A GENIUS...LET'S DRAW MEDIA ATTENTION FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DOING SOMETHING WRONG DURING AN ELECTION!"

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