Ethical problems with Kathy Szeliga’s email?


A recent email sent by Kathy Szeliga included the above banner.

I didn’t actually receive the email in question so I’m not sure what list it was sent to. However, the whole purpose of the email is to promote an upcoming fundraiser featuring Andy Harris. It’s probably bad form to have the official address, email address, and phone number in Annapolis at the top of a campaign message like this.

Granted, there is a campaign website address farther down in the message as well as a physical campaign address to send checks to way down near the bottom of the message. I would suggest that Szeliga crop the banner image above so it doesn’t have the Annapolis information on it and just use it as a generic banner regardless of what content is being sent. Then the address information can be manually added in depending on the type of message.

I’m not sure whether this is technically unethical under the laws, but it certainly looks questionable, hence my recommendation above for a more generic banner.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

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