WILKES-BARRE – An anonymous mass-mailing that slams Eddie Day Pashinski, Democratic candidate for the 121st Legislative District, may be in violation of campaign finance laws, according to his campaign office.
Some residents in the 121st District received hand-stamped fliers in Saturday’s mail that do not disclose who financed the mailing.
The one-page flier lists dollar amounts of how much Pashinski earns as a teacher and parking manager and warns voters that Pashinski “will raise your taxes.”
The sender is identified only as a “Nanticoke taxpayer,” who “waited 20 years to write this letter.” The flier also says it was “not done by Christine Katsock … but give her your vote.”
Pashinski spokesman Christopher Molitoris decried the mailing as illegal and noted that it came on the heels of a negative advertising campaign by Republican opponent Christine Katsock. “It’s been our goal to stay positive the entire campaign, and we’ve done that.”
Katsock said she had no knowledge of the mailing before a reporter asked her about it Saturday night. “I don’t even have a copy of it. We’ve put out information to the electorate but we’ve taken credit for it,” she said. “We don’t condone anything that breaks the law.”
The fliers, which Molitoris said were sent to residents in Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre Township, were mailed in white business envelopes and manually stamped.
According to state election law, all direct mailings and other forms of communication advocating the election or defeat of a candidate must disclose who is financing it. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor offense that carries a possible fine of up to $1,000.
Pashinski’s campaign office started receiving calls Saturday about the flier, Molitoris said. He didn’t say how many had actually been mailed out, but said many callers were angry and disgusted at the anonymous mailing, which Molitoris called “mudslinging.”
In a release Saturday, Pashinski’s campaign office rebuffed the claims made in the flier about Pashinski’s earnings, saying the information in the mailing was incorrect. The release also said copies of the flier and envelopes are being sent to state police for examination.