Subpoenas offer glimpse into federal probe connected to Clearwater’s Direct Mail Systems

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Federal subpoenas released by House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero show that federal investigators are looking into the relationship top Republican staffers and Cafero’s own PAC had with two direct mail companies.

The federal subpoena dated Feb. 14, asks for “Any and all documents including, but not limited to, correspondence, memoranda, letters, emails, text messages, invoices, contracts, agreements, with any direct mail vendor utilized by the Connecticut House Republican Office.”

All three subpoenas ask for all correspondence House Republican staff had with George Gallo, the House Republican chief of staff, who resigned before news of the federal inquiry broke.

The subpoena also asked for information regarding The Vinco Group LLC, the consulting firm Gallo created in 2003 and used to do some of his political consulting work. In addition, it asked for any information pertaining to Direct Mail Systems of Florida and King Strategic Communications of Ohio, another direct mail company used by Republican lawmakers dating back to 2008, according to campaign finance filings. Neither Direct Mail Systems or King Strategic Communications have returned calls seeking comment.

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