Secretary of State Advertises For A Union
The Providence Journal has a story today by Randal Edgar about a “bug” on the Secretary of State’s envelopes. For those unaware, a bug is a little icon that is placed on an item or a screen, sort of like advertising. You’re probably familiar with the television network bugs during their programming. On NBC, they’ll have the little peacock logo or recently, I’ve seen the peacock with the Olympic rings under it. That’s what is referred to as a bug.
The Secretary of State’s office takes it one step further. Their envelopes have a pretty large bug under the return address in the upper left corner. It’s the logo of the United Steelworkers union. Take a look for yourself here.
Was the office aware this was going to happen? Are they ok with it?
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis says the union symbol — or bug, as it is commonly known — is on his office’s envelopes because they were printed by a union shop and union shops “routinely put their bug on the material they print.”
Gee, if I knew the state was in the business of taking ads on their stationery in exchange for cheaper rates, I’d probably give them all the envelopers they need with the Anchor Rising URL on it. I’d probably even do this for free.
According to the article, the state saved $400 over the next lowest bidder and the order of 70,000 envelopes for $2,485. Also interesting in the article, though might not mean anything at all:
The company hired to handle the job was Regine Printing Co. Inc., of Providence — a company that has also done work for the Mollis campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state. The Mollis campaign paid Regine $480 in 2011 and $2,868 in 2010, while also hiring other printers, according to the reports. In addition, two Regine employees donated to the Mollis campaign during 2010 and 2011, contributing a total of $525.
Umm, nope, nothing sounds too fishy there.
Well, I guess over here at AR, we should just keep our eyes open for any upcoming state purchase requests. Let’s see what we have in that advertising budget for the next time when you get a mailing from the state, maybe it’ll have the Anchor Rising “bug” prominently displayed.