Staffer With Long History of Illegal Activity Distributed False Press Release
Concord - The Concord Monitor today reports that a radical activist who has worked for Democrat State Representative candidate Maureen Mann has been caught breaking New Hampshire election law. Carl Gibson admitted that he sent out a bogus press release to New Hampshire media that falsely claimed Republican candidate Yvonne Dean-Bailey was dropping out of the race five days before the Tuesday, May 19th special election.
"The fact that Maureen Mann trusted a radical extremist who engages in illegal campaign activity to work on her race speaks volumes about her and her candidacy. Mr. Gibson's deplorable attempt to spread misinformation was clearly designed to help Maureen Mann and suppress Yvonne Dean-Bailey's supporters," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.
"I believe that integrity is important in politics, and I am disappointed that somebody who has worked for my opponent would try to confuse voters with misinformation. I want to represent my district with honor and distinction, and I am committed to running an honest campaign that focuses on the important issues facing our state," said Republican candidate Yvonne Dean-Bailey.
In 2011, CBS News reported that Gibson took credit for sending out a hoax press release on behalf of General Electric that falsely claimed the company was returning $3.2 billion to the U.S. Treasury. In his biography, Gibson brags about how his outrageous stunt caused General Electric stock to temporarily drop by $3 billion. According to pictures posted on Gibson's Facebook page, he was arrested in 2012 at the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in New York City.
"Mr. Gibson's long history of dishonest and illegal tactics is well documented, yet Maureen Mann still hired him to work on her campaign and manage her social media accounts. This raises very serious questions about Maureen Mann's integrity and proves that her extreme views are out of touch with New Hampshire values," said Horn.
Gibson's false campaign press release is a clear violation of RSA 666:6 which says that "Any person who shall, without authority, sign the name of any other person to any letter or other document, or falsely represent that any other has written such letter or document, knowing such representation to be false, for the purpose of influencing votes, or who shall by false representation, use, employ or assign the name of any other person, or a fictitious name on a radio or television broadcast or other means of communication, to signify endorsement of a political party, candidates or programs, or, for the purpose of influencing votes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."