'Glitch' links deJongh's official website with candidate's campaign emailing list
Published: July 3, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - Delegate to Congress candidate Stacey Plaskett said a computer glitch made by a contractor linked Gov. John deJongh Jr.'s official government website to her campaign Wednesday.
The problem was fixed by Wednesday evening, although it is unclear how long the two were linked.
The governor's website, www.governordejongh.com, has a place to sign up to receive email alerts from the governor's administration. A Daily News reporter who clicked on the "sign up" button was directed to a page that had Plaskett's name on it. If an email address was entered, it directed the user to a page that said "Update your Stacey Plaskett profile."
The message indicated that the user is either a current member of the mailing list for Stacy Plaskett or a returning member who wants to re-subscribe to the list.
When reached for comment, Plaskett said she was not aware of the issue but would find out what was going on. She called back and said the contractor hired to manage her website - N Square Technologies - also had several government contracts and something had gone wrong.
"We have hired a company, and it seems there was a glitch today," she said.
Plaskett said the contractor was working to correct the problem, and it was fixed a short time later.
When reached for comment, Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said: "I know nothing about the Stacey Plaskett campaign being linked to Government House."
He said he would look into the matter and later issued a statement: "Government House is working with its webmaster to determine how references to a congressional candidate were posted to pages on the governor's website, www.governordejongh.com. The unauthorized postings and references to the candidate have been removed."
The governor's website says it is an official government website, which means it is funded by taxpayer dollars.
Unlike federal and most state statutes, the Virgin Islands has very little on the books to separate campaign activity from government work.
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