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Because this decision against the Croton Democrats has come up repeatedly in comments here--and by special request:
Fair Campaign Practices Committee
Rules on Croton United Complaint Against Croton Democrats; finds that
GALLELLI, SLIPPEN AND PUGH/Croton Democratic Committee ENGAGED IN UNFAIR
TEXT OF COMMITTEE'S FINDINGS FOLLOW:
County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met on November 11, 2014, to
hear the complaints of Virginia Calcutti, Croton United candidate for
Village Trustee in Croton, against the Croton Democratic Committee and
Trustee candidates Ann Galleli, Brian Pugh and Maria Slippen.
Calcutti was represented by Roseann Schuyler. The Croton Democratic
Committee was represented by Ann Gallelli and Richard Masur.
1: Ms. Calcutti complained that the Democratic candidates for Trustee
submitted a letter to the editor that stated, in part, “Our opponents’
main financial supporters—the Croton Republicans—also backed the
previous administration that oversaw an average 7.37% yearly tax
increase during the four years they were leading. Whose leadership would
Ms. Calcutti stated that Croton United received no
financial support from the Croton Republican Committee, as the statement
FINDING: Unfair. The committee found that a reasonable
interpretation of the term “the Croton Republicans” would be that it
referred to the organized Republican Party in the village, and not
simply enrolled Republicans, and the statement was therefore misleading.
COMPLAINT 2: Ms. Calcutti complained that a mailer sent by the Croton
Democratic Committee included the statement that (Croton United has)
“consistently hidden the fact that they are mostly supported by
Republicans,” when in fact Croton United had never hidden its
contributors, and included a link to its financial disclosures on its
FINDING: Unfair. The committee found that there was nothing
presented to substantiate the charge that Croton United had hidden the
source of its funding.
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