According to Sec. 3210(a)(6)(A), members of Congress may not use a congressional frank for a mass mailing within 90 days before an election. Given that this letter is dated Oct. 15, 2010, this letter definitely falls within that prohibited timeframe.
What about any exception to the rule? Well, given that the letter is addressed “Dear Friend,” it is clear that this letter is not in direct response to an inquiry from an individual; was not sent to a congressional colleague or other governmental official; and was not a news release to the media. It also does not appear that this is in relation to the normal business of any committee or subcommittee that he may chair. Furthermore, there are widespread reports of this letter being sent out.
So, what else can we conclude other than Gerry Connolly is violating congressional rules and using taxpayer funds to try and boost his reelection campaign.