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Anonymous Davidson County Election Flyer Questioned

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Anonymous Davidson County Election Flyer Questioned

CREATED May 5, 2014
by Todd Walker

- A widely distributed campaign flyer is raising questions about whether it abides by state election law.

The flyers tell voters who they should cast their ballot for in the May 6th election.

John Smith Marketing in Nashville printed the flyers.

Smith said the thousands of flyers were paid for by a group of community leaders who don't wish to be identified.

That group calls itself "Democrats United."

Democrats United is not a registered political action committee with either the state or Metro.

State election law says: "whenever any person makes an expenditure for the purpose of financing a communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, a disclaimer ... shall appear and be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner to give the reader, observer or listener adequate notice of the identity of persons who paid for and, where required, who authorized the communication."

Smith says none of the candidates involved had any involvement in the creation of the flyer.

Ronnie Givens is the campaign manager for Jefre Goldtrap who is running for general sessions judge.

Goldtrap was not featured on the flyer.

"I don't like it," Givens said. "I'm against it to be totally honest. I don't think every candidate had the opportunity to be able to get on this card because other candidates don't know anything about it until the cards just come out."

NewsChannel 5's attempts to track down the people who actually financed the flyer have so far been unsuccessful.

Email: twalker@newschannel5.com