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Conn., Virginia Campaigns Use Ill-Gotten Jewish Mailing Lists

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The address list and labels from the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation were used by the campaign for a mayoral candidate in the Connecticut city.

The mass mailing in support of Toni Harp was delivered over the weekend. Some recipients recognized the labels as originating from the federation, the New Haven Register reported.

Syndney Perry, executive director of the federation, told the newspaper that the federation never takes a position during an election.

Perry told the Register that the only three people at the federation who had access to the labels said they had no knowledge of how the Harp campaign got the labels. She said the campaign for the Democratic candidate and state senator did not ask her for permission to use the federation’s mailing list.

Meanwhile, the local Democratic Party in northern Virginia used the directories of at least two area synagogues and a Jewish day school to send information for an official campaign event hosted by gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The directories include the personal contact information for every synagogue member.

Campaign interns who are members of the organizations reportedly procured the lists.

JTA

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