NRCC Calls on Robertson Campaign to Release E-Mail Documents

(WETM-TV) – The controversy over an e-mail sent by Martha Roberton’s campaign to supporters last September continues. Now, the National Republican Congressional Committee is getting involved.

The NRCC is asking the Martha Robertson campaign to release all correspondence related to the e-mail her campaign sent to supporters on September 30th, 2013. The NRCC is looking for correspondence that is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

In that September e-mail, the Robertson campaign claimed that “GOP ops” had hacked their website right before the end of the third quarter fundraising deadline. The Robertson campaign provided proof of their hacking claims in October of 2013, but decided not to hire an outside firm to investigate, despite previously saying they would.

In a statement obtained by WETM 18 News Thursday, NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said, "Voters in the 23rd District want to know whether Martha Robertson violated federal law by trying to defraud her own supporters. Robertson needs to come clean and release any and all communications in any way related to her decision to send the September 30th fundraising email as well as any communications made since sending the email. If she refuses to do so, she only raises further questions about her guilt and fitness to serve in Congress."

Congressman Tom Reed’s campaign responded as well, through Campaign Spokeswoman Katherine Pudwill, saying, "This is obviously very concerning. If we are talking about a potential felony, then Martha Robertson needs to explain why she defrauded her supporters and stop hiding behind campaign spokespeople."

Thursday night, the Robertson campaign responded through Campaign Manager Jordanna Zeigler, saying, "I’m more than happy to release our only correspondence with an official agency – the New York State Board of Elections - in response to the frivolous complaint filed by the Tompkins County Republican Party. Congressman Tom Reed, who is paid by taxpayers, is reportedly under an ethics investigation and should release any and all correspondence he or his attorneys have had with the tax-payer funded House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics. The residents of the 23rd Congressional District deserve the facts from Congressman Reed. What is he hiding?"

Last week, the Robertson campaign filed a Freedom of Information Request with Congressman Reed and the Office of Congressional Ethics to release all documents relating to a potential investigation. According to George Washington University, Congressional members are exempt from FOIA requests.

The correspondence between the Robertson campaign and the New York State Board of Elections is attached to this article.

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