DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) -
Michelle Moore's campaign committee has been found to have violated the reporting requirements of the Illinois Election Code for failing to properly report expenditures for 2015.
You have to ask yourself, if a candidate cannot report simple transactions in accordance with the Campaign Disclosure Act, how will they report on the actions of the office they seek to hold?
The public demands Truth, not secrecy.
Dan Cronin has endorsed Moore's campaign, but we have yet to receive an answer on whether she will participate in the (in our opinion unauthorized) IMRF and Health insurance programs some board members, including Cronin, are participating in.
Scott Marquardt is Moore's business manager.
From the Complaint:
The Complainant alleges that the Citizens for Michelle Moore failed to appropriately report contributions and expenditures in the 4th quarter of 2015. The Respondent claims that all of the financial activity was reported during that period of time and that the Committee did not receive any bills, invoices, or requests for reimbursement until January of 2016 therefore the Committee believes they were not required to report any of the alleged expenses until the close of the current reporting period.
Moore's attorney blames it on the Campaign Disclosure Act instead of on his client:
"Respondent believes their [Plaintiff] frustration should be with the Campaign Disclosure Act and what it requires rather than his client’s filings."
The recommendation of the Hearing Officer:
- Hearing Officer is of the opinion that the Committee should have reported on their December 2015 Quarterly Report that they had an outstanding debt owed to Mr. Marquardt in the amount of $500.
- The Hearing Officer is of the opinion that the date an invoice is paid whether that is by credit card, check, cash, or any other form of payment should be the date reported for campaign disclosure purposes
- since the Committee admitted that they had received campaign material including yard signs in the 4th quarter of 2015 the Hearing Officer is of the opinion that the Committee should have accounted for these items during the 4th quarter of 2015
- I recommend the Board find the complaint was filed on justifiable grounds
Further, I recommend the Board Order the Respondent to amend their 4th quarter 2015 report to account for:
1. the outstanding debt owed to Mr. Marquardt in the amount of $500
2. a $930 loan being received on 11/11/15 from Ms. Moore
3. an expenditure that was made to Reserve 22 on 11/11/15 for $930
4. a $930 obligation that is owed to Ms. Moore
5. any other campaign material that was not accounted for during the quarter that was paid for by someone within the organization even if they did not submit the reimbursement to the Committee until after the period had ended be reported (if applicable)
6. any other campaign material that was received during the quarter be accounted for as an outstanding obligation even if the final invoice was not provided and the Committee has to estimate the value (if applicable)
Furthermore, I also recommend that the amendment to be filed within 10 days of the Final Board Order in this matter.
The Michelle Moore campaign has not responded to our request for comment on this recommendation, nor on whether or not she will participate in the IMRF and Health insurance programs if she becomes elected to the board.