I saw this article yesterday about Celia Wade-Brown campaigning using internal council email and then all of a sudden I got sent more than a few copies of a Len Brown email that has been sent to staff at Manukau City Council.The truly creepy thing about this email from the Brown campaign is that it was sent to internal email addresses, and it was sent with embedded links that if you check the code are hard-coded to the individual receiving it so that the mere act of clicking on a link can identify you to the Brown campaign team.
Not only is he soliciting donations from staff of Manukau City but he is also encouraging them to join the campaign and it is all being tracked in some sort of big brother creepy way.
The people that have received this and forwarded to me all say that they have never joined any mailing list for Len Brown. The code of the email shows clearly that this email was sent internally, ostensibly from the Mayor’s office. OIA requests of the Exchange Server logs will show this.
There is something sinister when a Mayor uses his own council’s resources for his own ends, but then again we have seen Len Brown do this before with the credit cards. One thing for sure, is it looks like Len has run out of his big developers money and now needs to start picking the pockets of Manukau City staff.
Bottom line is that Len Brown has used council provided resources to campaign amongst council staff and thereby politicized the neutral hard working staff of Manukau City.
DPF has also blogged about this at Kiwiblog, and received a very, very interesting comment just an hour or so ago - check this out (our emphasis added):
There would seem to be a prima facie case against Len Brown here for breaching campaigning rules. Brown is a lawyer; he should know better than anyone how to follow the law, not to break it.
Following on from the debacle over Brown's infamous dinner at Volare, where he STILL refuses to disclose who he dined with, we would suggest that Len Brown's political credibility is pretty low tonight.Let's hope that we are not treated to another face-slapper once he realises the predicament that he has got himself into.