Questions Behind Yellow Card

October 21, 2004 -- Posted 7:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- An anonymous yellow card has some people questioning its origin, and one mayoral candidate is asking for an investigation.

Political propaganda on a yellow card is circulating around the city of Jonesboro about mayoral candidate Dan Pierce. The mysterious yellow postcard alleges Dan Pierce ran his own business, United Federal S&L in the ground. The card states hundreds of people lost their jobs, Dan Pierce was investigated by the FBI, but got off "because of the good ol' boy politics as usual." The candidate calls these allegations lies.

One of Pierce's staffers tells K8 News at least seven of these mailings have been spotted. So the question is how were they sent and can they be traced?

"There's three basic options," said Jonesboro Postmaster Hillrey Adams. "They can do stamp mail, metered mail or a permit imprint."

Of those options, Adams says metered or permit imprint mail can be easily traced to an individual or business. As for stamped mail it can not.

"It would be like me telling you to go find a red car in the city of Jonesboro, and I can't tell you any information on which red car I want," said Adams.

K8 News has confirmation from a Pierce campaign staffer that these yellow cards were indeed stamped. So now the only traceable hint on them is the group name printed on them: Citizens for Effective Leadership Alliance.

However, according to the Secretary of State's office there is no listing for such a group, nor is there one at the Craighead County Clerk's office at this time.

"If they contributed to a certain campaign they should be listed if they give $50 dollars or above," said County Clerk Nancy Nelms.

That information could come as early as the 23rd of this month.

So for now, mayoral candidate Doug Formon says, as a police officer, it's right for him to call for an investigation into this matter.  Formon is a sergeant with the Jonesboro Police Department, and serves as the JPD's public information officer.

"I'm calling for an investigation," said Formon. "I don't want to focus on my opponent's downfalls or failures with the savings and loan or his bankruptcy, I want to get focused on my campaign and put this issue behind us."

A formal investigation could be pursued through a complaint with the State Ethics Commission.