Subject: Re: Sexual exploitation of women in Queens
Thank you for contacting me about the use of Grace Meng of the Multi=media company which is connected with the Queens Tribune.
If you have followed our Women's Center activities, you would know that we have had a campaign against the use of community newspapers for exploiting women and featuring ads that encourage prostitution.
I learned of the fact that Grace Meng is using this company through an editorial of the Queens Chronicle. Mark Weidler, the publisher, was the first one to cooperate with the Center's campaign to voluntary agree never to publish these ads!
I do not know if Grace Meng is aware of the connection with her campaign advisors and the Queens Tribune. I have left message for Assembly Meng today to talk to her in her district office. She is probably in Albany and it may take a day or two for me to reach her.
I respect Grace Meng and have heard her champion rights for women and I do not for a minute believe that she is aware of the connection. I do not want to harm her campaign and believe she has the right to be informed of the issues.
I appreciate your letter and your efforts. You can be of enormous help by sending your complaint to her. I can assure you that I will follow up. I am personally acquainted with all of the Democratic candidates for the Congressional seat. They all are very sensitive to the issue of sex trafficking and domestic violence and have concern for women's rights.
The issue needs to get public attention and we have to raise the public awareness of the exploitation of women for the sake of advertising dollars!
Let us see what her response will be. Thanks for your concern on this issue.
Center for the Women of New York (CWNY)
Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 325
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Phone 718 793 0672
Fax 718 793 0020
Subject: Fwd: Assemblywoman Meng & Sex-trafficking
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:08:04 -0400
Multi media is not receiving any consulting fees from my campaign. They are printing some of our posters/fliers.
Thank you for inquiring.
Sent from my iPhone
What does that mean? Why exactly does Meng feel compelled to use Multimedia for her printing considering their seedy rep and connection to sex trafficking ads?
Let's recall the Queens Chronicle's March 29th editorial:
The Meng campaign just hired Multi-Media, the consulting firm the Tribune claims acts independently of the newspaper, even though it’s headed by the paper’s associate publisher, Michael Nussbaum.
So what does she get for hiring Multi-Media? Political advice, mailers and, just maybe, last week’s Tribune front page, which focused on Meng’s “making history” with her campaign (she’s Asian, you see), and relegated her competitors to inset-style photos.
And let's also revisit the first paragraph from a recent City and State article:
A spokesman for Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s congressional campaign confirmed this morning that its main campaign consultant, Michael Nussbaum, urged a Jewish state committeeman in Queens to run for the same congressional seat as Meng.
Why would someone who's "just a printer" be contacting other candidates and asking them to be vote splitters?
From City and State:
Assemblywoman Grace Meng unveiled her congressional campaign team today, which is notable as much for those involved as it is for those not.
Team Meng includes the following:
Multi-Media, Strategist and Consultant; Michael Nussbaum, executive vice president and associate publisher of the Queens Tribune, is the principle at Multi-Media. The Tribune was founded by Congressman Ackerman back in 1970.
GRACE MENG IS A TERRIBLE LIAR.
I threw in Jawin's "Grace must not know" response for comic relief. I could see how she could miss these ads in the Trib every week:
Why does this "women's group" have a boro hall office address unless they are an arm of the Queens Machine?