Ethical problems for Senator Pinsky’s campaign website?


UPDATE: After this post originally appeared, an authority line was added to Pinsky’s website. The state office contact information remains on the campaign website, however.

Meet Senator Paul Pinsky, a union organizer for the Montgomery County Education Association, who has been in the State Senate since August 1994. In 1992, he received the Betty Tyler Award from Planned Parenthood. In 2011, Pinsky was arrested in a protest outside the White House. Earlier this year, he suggested taxes aren’t high enough in Maryland.

Pinsky has a Facebook page and a website for his campaign. The Facebook page does have an authority line, as required. However, I’ve looked all over the website and don’t see an authority line anywhere. Additionally, the website has his Annapolis office contact information (including his state email address) which appears to be another violation.

The website’s domain name is registered in Pinsky’s name (as opposed to a campaign organization) and lists the same Hyattsville address he used when he filed for office. The email address affiliated with the domain name is Pinsky’s work email address at the union ( Pinsky is a member of the field staff (a UniServ director) for the union and deals with members who work at high schools in Montgomery County.

Pinsky faces no primary opposition and his Republican opponent in November is Janice Fountaine.

Jeff Quinton

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