Mix-up sends education reform group’s mailers to wrong votersSeptember 9th, 2012 at 10:54 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
A pre-primary mailer voters in East Providence received this weekend should leave no doubt that the education reform group RI-CAN opposes Rep. Rene Menard. The only problem: those voters aren’t in his district.
A mix-up at the mailing center sent $5,157 worth of mailers paid for by RI-CAN’s sister 501(c)4, the 50CAN Action Fund, to be sent to the wrong voters, WPRI.com has confirmed. Mailers supporting East Providence Sen. Dan DaPonte over challenger Rep. Bob DaSilva went to voters in Menard’s Lincoln district, while mailers supporting Menard challenger Mia Ackerman went to East Providence.
Julie Marlette, 50CAN’s executive director, said the problem was traced back to the distribution center. “The day our mail was being inked the senior staff was away at a funeral and less experienced hands were on deck,” she told WPRI.com. “The mail intended for [House District 45] was inked with the addresses for [Senate District 14], and vice versa.” The group has spent $22,451 on those two races, disclosures show.
The company that addressed the mailers has agreed to reimburse 50CAN for the cost and is also attempting to deliver reprinted copies to the correct voters, Marlette said. “However, the post office cannot guarantee delivery before Tuesday’s primary and we expect some folks will get the mail after the primary is over,” she said.
50CAN’s backers include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s donated $160,500 to the group.
An earlier version of this post overstated the cost of the two mailers and incorrectly described 50CAN Action Fund as a PAC.