Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Caucus Designer Says He Used State Equipment for Campaign Materials

Former Assembly Republican Caucus graphic designer Eric Grant, the prosecution's third witness today, said he was using state equipment to design campaign materials just a few months after he was hired.

He was originally hired to produced letterhead, business cards and newsletters for Assembly Republicans. But just a few months after he started he said he was asked to design items like yard signs and nomination papers for the special election campaign of Mike McCarrier in 1995.

The work flow was so heavy during campaign time that he created a special "work-flow order" for campaign materials in 1998, Grant said. Between June 1 and Election Day during election years, Grant said he spent "100 percent" of his time producing campaign materials, often working 10- to 12-hour days and weekends.

He said the work orders were approved and listed in order of importance by his superiors: Ray Carey, the caucus director; Todd Rongstad, the deputy director and Chris Tuttle, the media director. Tuttle is now U.S. Rep. Mark Green's chief of staff.

Grant testified that the finished materials would always include a disclaimer saying the product was paid for by a particular candidate or their committee.

Prosecutor Korte produced several work order documents in an attempt to link Jensen to the campaign work. In one such document, a former caucus staffer wrote on a work order for a piece targeting seniors, gun owners and pro-life voters, "Jensen wants me to get these three pieces out before our 9/28 poll."

Another work order had a note reading, "ASAP: for Jensen."

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