The secondary payee information is essential in tracking who was paid for work by the DeStefano campaign. This is of particular interest because questions have been raised as to the validity of the “union bug” that appears on campaign literature mailed by the DeStefano campaign. A union bug is a mark whose use is reserved for print shops that meet union employment requirements, with each bug carrying an identifying number to track its origin. It’s like a fingerprint for each union printing shop.
“DeStefano’s mailers contain a bug, but with no identifying number,” said Cooney. “And because they do not list secondary payees on their filing, there is absolutely no way to know that their mail has been created and sent by a union certified shop.”
Cooney explained that DeStefano’s mail does list “Universal Printing” under the postage number, but there is no Universal Printing company in Connecticut that has a union shop. “So, if his material was printed in Connecticut by a Universal Printing company, it was done so by a non-union shop and used a fraudulent union bug,” Cooney said. “If it was printed outside of Connecticut, there are still serious questions about whether the union bug is fraudulent. And regardless, DeStefano touts wanting to create jobs in Connecticut, but sends tens of thousands of his own money to out-of-state print shops.” Cooney noted that all of Dan Malloy’s mail printing is done by Harty Press in New Haven, a certified union shop.
That from a Malloy press release. Okay. I checked my DeStefano mailers, and they do not have the numbers the Malloy campaign is talking about. They otherwise look just like the union lables on other campaign mail. Can anyone with knowledge of union printing shops give us an idea of what this actually means? I have a very hard time believing that DeStefano, given his robust union support, is faking union labels.
Meanwhile, the Malloy campaign has filed a complaint with the Elections Enforcement Commission.
"Complaint Filed with EEC against DeStefano and Slifka Campaigns." Dan Malloy for Governor. Press Release. 2 August, 2006. (No link yet)