FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 24th, 2020
CONTACT: Brianna Coyle
AKSHAR USES TAXPAYER MONEY FOR PROMOTIONAL MAILER
(Binghamton, NY) Recently, residents of Senate District 52 have been receiving legislative-paid promotional mailers from incumbent Senator Fred Akshar. Libertarian challenger Tom Quiter, of Mount Upton, denounces the mailer and roundly asserts that such a mailer is not a legitimate use of taxpayer money.
Quiter notes that in most State legislature contests, restrictions for last-minute campaign mailings, especially those carried out on the backs of taxpayers, are carefully regulated in the months before an election. In fact, the New York Assembly has a rule to limit these mailers past September 4th – the New York Senate seems to bear no such rules for its candidates. Akshar has bucked those norms and used taxpayer money to finance a self-promoting mailer late in September.
“Fred thinks it is appropriate to use taxpayer money to promote his image during a re-election campaign. Make no mistake, these mailers are simply veiled campaign literature. That’s tens of thousands of hard-earned dollars from our community members going to Fred’s re-election without their consent.” Quiter continued, “This is just another dirty trick Albany politicians use during election season to maintain power. They promote themselves by taking from the people, even during difficult times. I expect better for our district, and our residents deserve better. The Southern Tier is struggling, especially with the coronavirus lockdowns. We need a State Senator that recognizes the difference between right and wrong in the use of taxpayer funds. This money should only ever be used to help our communities, never our politicians.”
Quiter even received a mailer for his father, despite having lost his father to cancer and related complications over 5 years ago. Quiter pledged that when he takes office, he will never use legislative mass-mailers to promote any future re-election bids.
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