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In an Email "Mistake," a New York Campaign Takes a Rival's Name in Vain

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 14 2012

New York State Senator Greg Ball's re-election campaign is caught up in a web peccadillo that might put Ball on the wrong side of a law he himself supported.

Our friend at Capital New York, Azi Paybarah, reports that Ball's campaign sent out an email in the name of Justin Wagner, a Westchester attorney and Ball's Democratic opponent. The campaign told the Journal News that putting Wagner's name in the "from" field was a mistake corrected in subsequent emails, Paybarah notes. The email linked to a website,, full of less-than-flattering prose about Wagner.

Wagner is asking the district attorney's office to investigate the email, to which a 2008 change in the law — one that happened with Ball's support — seems relevant.

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On the Etiquette of Fund-Raising Emails

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, September 13 2011

Politico gets all Emily Post on fundraising emails in an item on an ill-advised email invitation to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.). The invite was sent such that all recipients could see one ... Read More

How Much Anger Can One Email Cause?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

The ongoing kerfuffle over freshman Republican Florida congressman Allen West's Tuesday email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee — the one where, after a disagreement on ... Read More

Mayor to Blogger: "You're a worthless piece of s**t and I wouldn't p**s on you if you were on fire"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 2 2009

No, we're not making this up. That's just part of a late-night email message from Mayor James D. Kalb of Portsmouth, Ohio to blogger Robert Forrey, a retired English professor whose site, RiverVices seems to have gotten ... Read More