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42 for Better Schools group gets email records via public information requests

By: Magnolia Tribune - October 15, 2015

JCJC head alludes to firing employee over Initiative 42

The 42 For Better Schools campaign requested Smith’s emails after he came under fire in September for sending an email to school presidents in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Presidents encouraging them to donate to a political action committee opposing the education funding initiative on the November ballot.

The email was sent from Smith’s Jones County Junior College account, prompting those with 42 For Better Schools campaign to submit a public records request for Smith’s emails and to ask the auditor’s office to investigate.

Mississippi law prohibits state employees from using resources, equipment and time to advocate or campaign for or against any political issue.

In another email to Smith from Holmes County Community College President Jim Haffey, Haffey tells Smith he would like to donate to the anti-42 PAC (IMPIC) Smith had suggested in his email to other presidents, but does not want his name associated with the donation.

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