Monday, April 5, 2010
Moniz says McCloud's April 1 campaign disclosure form possibly omitted thousands of dollars in expenses in violation of election law.
McCloud initially reported that her campaign had racked up just $640 in expenses in March, but Moniz says he noticed that his opponent had placed ads in the Weekly and the Carmel Pine Cone that would have cost more than the amount McCloud reported. The Moniz campaign paid out nearly $13,000 in campaign expenses during the same period.
"The rules are not special for Sue McCloud," Moniz says. Moniz filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission Friday April 2.
On Monday, April 5, McCloud says she amended her disclosure form to reflect the more than $5800 she'd spent on newspaper ads in March.
McCloud says she received her bills April 1—after the reporting period ended March 27. "When I get a bill, I pay it," she says. McCloud notes that City Council candidate Jason Burnett also amended his campaign disclosure form on Monday.
FPPC Executive Director Roman Porter says expenses must be reported when they are accrued, not when the bills arrive. The FPPC looks into every complaint, he says. McCloud will have 14 days to respond to Moniz' complaint. Then, the FPPC will decide whether to investigate the matter.
"We look at everything on a case by case basis," Porter says. "There could be extenuating circumstances."
If the FPPC finds McCloud in violation, it could sanction her campaign with anything from a warning letter to a hefty fine.