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Fundraising mailing labeled a 'mistake'

A Common Council member who mailed political fundraiser solicitations to the City Hall offices of some top city officials called the action an "unfortunate mistake" Wednesday.

Michael P. Kearns of the South District said a campaign volunteer added to the mailing list the city offices of Mayor Byron W. Brown, his economic development chief and the police commissioner.

While there's no law against it, most political candidates generally avoid mailing campaign solicitations to government offices. Such pitches are generally only sent to home or private business addresses.

Kearns said it was a mistake and won't happen again. But he voiced suspicion that his growing reputation as a maverick on the Council might have been a key reason why a Brown administration employee red-flagged the mailing.

"I'm very independent," Kearns said. "I can't be controlled."

Kearns and all eight other Council members face re-election in November.

First Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey credited Kearns for acknowledging the mistake and promising to be more careful in future fundraising efforts.

The flier asked supporters to attend a Feb. 6 fundraiser in the Buffalo Irish Center, with ticket costs ranging from $25 to $250. Kearns stressed that the mailing was done by volunteers on their own time outside City Hall.


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