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Some Ward 5 residents today found a message in their mailbox from council candidate Delano Hunter: "Thousands of dollars from homosexual activists outside Ward 5 are attacking Delano Hunter because he supports our right to vote on whether the District legalizes 'gay marriage,'" reads the mailer, which illustrates a river of cash flowing from "New York City" and "San Francisco" into the ward.

Hmm. If there's "thousands of dollars" from New York City and San Francisco, it's not flowing into the bank account of incumbent Harry Thomas Jr., who last year voted to legalize gay marriage.

Campaign finance records show that there have been no contributions from San Francisco deposited into the Thomas coffers. He has accepted $2,150 from individuals and groups from New York City, but there's no evidence of the gay agenda -- $500 came from pharma giant Pfizer, another $500 came from the Service Employees International Union, and $500 from midwifery advocate Ruth Lubic.

By the way, this message was brought to you by the National Organization for Marriage -- a national lobby group that takes money from lots of folks from, well, outside Ward 5.

Thanks to Flickr user evoque for sharing her image of the mailer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 26, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
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"a national lobby group that takes money from lots of folks from, well, outside Ward 5."

Not that it really matters, given the nuttery of the whole thing, but their K Street offices are of course also outside Ward 5.

Posted by: jamietre | August 27, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I can't tell from the picture, is this the same Delano "Dee" Hunter that used to be all over Ward One?

Posted by: DeniseW | August 27, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I can't tell from the picture, is this the same Delano "Dee" Hunter that used to be all over Ward One? It doesn't look like him but hey who knows.

Posted by: DeniseW | August 27, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

No, Delano Hunter is NOT the Dee Hunter guy that used to be all over Ward 1. That's not him in the picture either.

Looking at the flip side of this mailer over on Evoque's Flikr page (the link included in the article), I notice that NOM included the following disclaimer:

"Not authorized by any candidate, or candidate committee."

Might it be possible that NOM sent these mailers out without Hunter's folks signing off or approving the message?

Posted by: hirts | August 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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