At least one UMCA member on the private mailing list was sent the Lee Mitchell letter, meaning that the UMCA illegally released this private person’s address to an unauthorized non-Board member who actually mailed out the letters. It is possible that additional private member’s addresses were also released, however there is no way of knowing since the UMCA will not conduct an open investigation on this matter. (The SaveUMCA team heard of at least three other private members who also got the letter, but they are still investigating these claims.)
None of the losing candidates had access to this private mailing list. This private member has indicated that he is resigning from the UMCA and is demanding a refund of his membership fee. Not all public UMCA members got the Lee Mitchell letter, and not all private members got the letter either. However, if you are on the private list and got the letter, please contact UMCA co-founder John Marino immediately. He will protect your privacy and ensure this is not overlooked. E-mail: email@example.com
Reference: May 5th public post concerning the private contacts.
Updated March 19th, 2008:
On November 30th 2007, Jack Bochsler agreed to come public with the other members of SaveUMCA Team. He was a UMCA member since 2004 and his contract information was never public. UMCA privately e-mailed him (and Marino) on or about October 27, 2007:
Joseph M Jamison wrote:
John and Jack,
On behalf of the Board and members of the UMCA, please accept my sincere apology for this unfortunate error. If you will forward copies to me of the material you have, related to the incident, I pledge that we will see what additional safeguards must be provided to see that this doesn't happen in the future. I will see that this problem is included in the concerns being addressed by the working committee presently developing procedures for the next election.
Respectfully, Joe Jamison: Pres.
Jack have since withdrew his membership and moved on because it was clear it was a hard mistake to make. Furthermore, if Hughes compared the public UMCA directory and the list he gave Jeff Stephens alphabetically, it wouldn’t take him long to notice “Bochsler” was supposed to not be there like it never was ever since he became a member in 2004. In the May 5th, 2007 public words of Hughes on the topic: “There are multiple ways to validate the list and I've done that. That isn't my point. If someone is going to make a serious public charge about someone else without providing any evidence, that is nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor, not a statement of fact.”