Steve Meyer, candidate for Assembly in the 146th district, held a press conference calling on the New York State Board of Elections to get to the bottom of anonymous and illegal campaign mailings that have been sent throughout the district since September; three sought to tarnish Meyer’s reputation before Primary Day. Meyer believes the mailers are in violation of new ethics and election laws this year. It also appears that the mailings have all originated from Marketing Tech, a local direct mail distributer.
“We need more transparency in the political system, not less,” Meyer said. “This is why people have lost faith in their elected officials – thinking the rules don’t apply to them and they can willy-nilly break the law.”
There have been at least four mailers sent since September without the statutorily required identification of who paid for the piece. The first three were sent before Primary Day and sought to slander Meyer. The most recent piece, mailed the week of Oct. 13, featured the logo of Assemblyman Ray Walter as well as a photo of his family, and sought to encourage people to vote by absentee for him.
All of the anonymous mailers have originated from the same permit identification code. The code belongs to local firm Marketing Technologies of Western New York.
Marketing Tech describes itself on its website as “a single-source marketing services resource for graphic design, online communications, animation, direct mail production, data handling, and business printing.” Marketing Tech’s 2012 portfolio includes work done for Ray Walter and Walter’s 11 Day Pre-General campaign finance disclosure listed an expenditure of $967.88 to Marketing Tech.
Meyer sent a formal letter to the Independent Enforcement Counsel of the state Board of the Elections in September. He asked the unit to investigate the mailings and is urging them to conduct and conclude as soon as possible, as Election Day is only two weeks away.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions right now about who is behind these mailers,” Meyer said. “I think at the very least, this firm needs to explain why they feel its not necessary to abide by our campaign ethics laws and who it is that is behind this activity.”