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Secretary Pate reveals Finkenauer for Congress campaign was source of erroneous text messages to voters


This news story was published on June 7, 2018.
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Abby Finkenauer, candidate for US Congress and will face Rod Blum for Iowa’s 1st District seat in Congress

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that the source of text messages sent to Iowa voters with incorrect polling place information was the Abby Finkenauer for Congress campaign. Secretary Pate was made aware of the erroneous text messages late in the evening on Monday, June 4.

Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, it was determined Abby Finkenauer’s campaign was the source. She is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative District 1.

The Finkenauer campaign and its vendor were cooperative with our investigation, and stated that a corrective text message had been sent out to voters. After speaking with the campaign and their vendor, Secretary Pate has concluded that the inaccurate text messages were the result of the campaign’s data management error, and were not malicious in nature.

While some voters outside of Iowa’s First Congressional District received the erroneous text messages, Secretary Pate has confirmed that the known cases were due to a data match error that occurred within the Finkenauer campaign’s files.
“I encourage all Iowans to utilize the polling place look up tool on our website, sos.iowa.gov,” Secretary Pate said. “Moving forward, I also encourage candidates to include an attribution statement in all messages sent to voters. The inclusion of an attribution statement makes it easier for voters to contact a campaign if issues arise.”

Pate said additional questions or concerns related to this issue should be addressed to the Finkenauer for Congress campaign. The Finkenhour campaign responded to the matter, saying, “Our campaign never intended to misdirect any voter” and was working with their text message vendor to correct the problem.

Finkenauer will face Rod Blum for Iowa’s 1st District seat in Congress in the November election.

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4 Responses to Secretary Pate reveals Finkenauer for Congress campaign was source of erroneous text messages to voters

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 8, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Typical Democrat. Caught cheating and tries to lie her way out of it.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Untypical Republican. Finds that someone didn’t do anything wrong purposely, and publicly states that rather than trying to crucify the person.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 9, 2018 at 8:40 am

        Yea right. Crooks got caught again and had to apologize,

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Not malicious in nature. Ha, ha, ha, so typical of Democrats caught cheating to win again and then denying it.