Secretary of state questions NAGR mailouts

Published 10:02 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

Several last-minute campaign mailers, including some targeting Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, are “suspicious” because the organization behind them filed incomplete campaign finance reports, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Wednesday.

The organizations Hosemann said his office has been able to identify as the senders have either not registered or their finance filings show zero expenses and zero disbursements, according to reports from a press conference. Hosemann cited a mailer from the National Association for Gun Rights as an example.

NAGR mailers have targeted Republican lawmakers, including Doty. Hosemann said NAGR has properly registered with his office, but their filings show no income or disbursements since Jan. 1.

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“Either they are doing mailers for free, or someone is not being truthful in disclosure,”  Hosemann said.  “This type of politics denigrates the entire voting process, promotes voter apathy in Mississippi and discourages future candidates.  We are pleased the Attorney General is looking into these mailers.”

Doty’s opponent in Tuesday’s primary, Mike Campbell, denied any involvement in the mailers.