Ex-councilman explains mailing

November 4, 2009 

— Former Town Councilman Cam Hill said he didn't put his name on a mailing supporting Mark Kleinschmidt for mayor because he didn't want it to be seen as sour grapes for losing his council seat to Kleinschmidt's rival, Matt Czajkowski, two years ago.

The mailing called Czajkowski "divisive" and "out of sync with Chapel Hill values" and was paid for by "CHC PAC," which Hill said stands for Chapel Hill Caucus, of which he is the sole member.

Kleinschmidt knew nothing about it, Hill said, adding that he did not know he was required to state that Kleinschmidt had not authorized it.

The state traced the mailing to Hill through a bulk mail permit. Such mailings are considered a campaign expense and a public record, said Amy Strange, a compliance specialist with the State Board of Elections.

Hill has until today, 10days after incurring the expense, to register as a political action committee, which Hill said he would do.

Czajkowski had criticized the outside expense on behalf of his rival because Kleinschmidt has agreed to spending limits under the town's public campaign financing program.

He called it "insidious."

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