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Mack all clear in mailer violation, official says

mackletter.jpgThe Republican head of the House Franking Commission says "no further action" will be taken against Rep. Connie Mack, whose mailer this week violated House rules because it was widely distributed beyond his district.

A mailing list vendor took the blame and yesterday wrote the U.S. Treasury a nearly $18,000 check.

"This is an unfortunate mistake that does occur from time to time and the proper steps to reimburse the cost of the error have since been followed accordingly," wrote Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.

George LeMieux, running against Mack in the GOP Senate primary, tried to keep the issue alive, telling reporters today that Mack in effect got a campaign contribution from a corporation (the list vendor).

"Mack is profiting from his own wrong doing by receiving a free mail piece that went to 57,000 Republican households across Florida," LeMieux said.

"It is not coincidence that the mail piece went to Republican voters," he added. "It is not a coincidence that the mailer features the focus of Mack’s campaign for the US Senate, the Penny Plan. And it is not a coincidence that it features Rand Paul whose endorsement was rolled out in conjunction with this mail piece.  It is not an honest mistake; it is a coordinated campaign effort.”

[Last modified: Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:27pm]

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