Malone files official complaint with FEC against Plaskett


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ST. THOMAS - A second candidate running against Stacey Plaskett for delegate to Congress in the Democratic primary election has filed a complaint asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate her campaign being linked to Gov. John deJongh Jr.'s official government website to gather email addresses.

Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone sent a letter on Friday to Thomasenia Duncan, general counsel to the Federal Election Commission, which has federal oversight over campaign finance issues.

On Monday, Emmett Hansen II, the third Democratic candidate on the primary election ballot, also filed a complaint with the federal agency about Plaskett's connection to deJongh's website.

Plaskett told The Daily News on July 3 that a "glitch" was the reason people who clicked on an email sign-up at www.governordejongh.com were redirected to a web page belonging to her that said "Update your Stacey Plaskett profile."

When contacted by The Daily News on July 3, Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said he knew nothing about Plaskett's campaign being linked to Government House. A short time later, Greaux issued a statement that Government House was working with its webmaster to determine how references to Plaskett's campaign were posted to pages on the governor's official website.

Within an hour of The Daily News contacting Plaskett about the issue, the "glitch" was fixed.

According to Malone's complaint, Plaskett's email vendor N2Innovations is an affiliate entity of New Grange Consulting, and New Grange Consulting lists "U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John deJongh" as one of its clients.

"Using such tactics for political advertising is prohibited under federal election law," Malone said in the letter. "The sharing of names collected by the official government database is in direct violation of an individual's privacy and is also in direct violation of the privacy policy prominently displayed and described on the governor's official website."

Malone's complaint also cites a political email that Plaskett sent out en masse to "thousands of government employees at their official government email addresses" as well as to some private email addresses.

"Many people who received the email were confused as to why they were receiving a 'Plaskett for Congress' email solicitation, as they had not signed up to receive such alerts," Malone's letter states. "When one attempted to 'unsubscribe,' they were redirected to a page belonging to the official website of the governor of the Virgin islands."

Malone requested that the Federal Election Commission immediately investigate the violations and that Plaskett be enjoined from further violations and be fined the maximum amount permitted by law.

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