Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More PDC weirdness from Russell.

As this blog shows, Jon Russell is an interesting guy.

He's sworn an oath as an elected official to uphold the laws of this state, among other things.

Which begs the question: Why is he gaming the Public Disclosure Commission?

I've filed multiple complaints against Russell, who seems to view laws and rules concerning filing records and donations the same way he views transparency: something he's willing to pay lip service to but not something he's either willing to live by or follow.

Russell, for example, refused to file his PDC's electronically, a requirement of any candidate even THINKING about receiving or expending $10,000 or more, until I filed weekly complaints against him for failing to do so for at least a month.

In this instance, the issue is Russell's attendance of the Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner, which took place last February, while Russell was still "running" (if you can call it that) for Congress.

I filed a complaint about that, since Russell claimed the expense for those tickets as part of his state representative campaign... even though he was, at the time, running for Congress.
Not only did he do that, but he then lied about when he paid for those tickets, and, as far as that goes, how much they actually cost.

And on top of that, Russell has now REIMBURSED HIMSELF for the tickets, giving himself $20 more than the tickets actually cost.
This was the first time he filed for this charge, filing for it over a month late on his May 10 C 4.

Note the cost: $240 for 4 tickets, which is what you've paid BEFORE the date of the Dinner, when the cost went up to $260.

And then we see this masterful paperwork:

So, this is the time line.

For whatever the reason, Russell runs for Congress.

On February 6, he attends the Clark County GOP Dinner. He attends as a congressional candidate.

He has twice claimed the ticket cost was $240 as a part of his STATE representative campaign, even though he attended as a congressional candidate and, apparently, didn't file as a state representative candidate until over a month later, on March 10. On his expenditure paperwork (C4) Russell claimed that he paid it both on March 1 and April 12... only to go on and reimburse himself for those same tickets that were allegedly paid by his state campaign on August 19, right after losing the election. Failing to pay the cost in advance means the actual cost was $260, since $5 is added to the each ticket price.

Russell's campaign was confusing enough. But reimbursing himself for expenses he's claimed were paid by his campaign?

That's really confusing.

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