MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Fox10 News has discovered an investigation is underway to find out whether or not Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie violated federal law by allegedly giving city residents’ personal information to a political campaign.
Two Mobilians, Anitra Diamond and Lebarron Yates, have filed claims against Mobile County officials. In their claims, they state personal information was released without their permission from the Mobile County License Commission Office to the “Sandy Stimpson for Mayor” campaign last year.
Furthermore, Diamond and Yates allege that personal information of 30,000 city residents was given to campaign officials which in turn, used it to send out an e-mail of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie’s endorsement of Sandy Stimpson for Mayor.
“The allegation alleges a violation of a federal statute for the disclosure of certain information, whether it is really a violation of a federal statute on the civil side is to be determined,” said Jay Ross, Mobile County Attorney in an interview with Fox10 News. “Whether information was provided, indeed, it is a terribly different story; and what information was provided is all to be determined.”
Fox10 News phone calls to Hastie were not returned.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson, however released this statement: “Our campaign relied on its hired consultants to deliver the most advanced digital campaign possible. They managed and directed all social media and voter outreach efforts with the public. We were assured that all of their efforts in that regard were in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.”
Mobile County Attorney Jay Ross said “I don’t think anything illegally was done, at a cursory glance, but we have not completed our investigations, I don’t know for sure.”