2012-05-02 / Front Page

Campaign Finance Reports Questioned

Melanie Gilders, director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said Monday she has sent letters asking questions about campaign finance reports.

If spending on an election campaign exceeds a certain amount, a campaign finance report must be filed.

The reports detail donations to a candidate’s campaign committee and spend- ing by the committee.

The board has up to two years to review the reports.

Gilders said so far, the board has reviewed about one-fourth to one-third of the reports filed. There have been questions on two of the candidate reports.

Burns

There were two questions on reports filed by Friends of Stacey S. Burns, the campaign committee for Stacey Burns, Delta, who ran for the Republican Party nomination for county prosecutor in the March 6 spring primary election.

Burns was defeated by Scott Haselman, incumbent prosecutor.

Gilders said the questions dealt with a lack of receipts for reimbursements paid to Burns and Rick Stiriz, rural Delta.

The report states Burns paid for, and was reimbursed for, things ranging from “cinema on-screen advertising,” to “signs & newspaper advertising.”

Expenditures with individual businesses need to be identified.

Questions on Burns' campaign finance report were originally posed by this newspaper, Wednesday, April 25.

Stiriz was reimbursed for “postcard printing.”

Burns also listed contributions from two businesses, Phil’s Pump Sales & Services, Swanton, and David Johnson Electronics, Delta.

State law requires that a principal of the business be identified when a business donates to a campaign.

Gilders said a registered letter explaining the situation was sent to Burns last week.

On Monday, the board received a card, indicating Burns had received the letter.

She has 21 days to reply.

MacDonald

Gilders said incumbent Clerk of Courts Paul Mc- Donald, successful candidate for the GOP position on the general election ballot, was questioned about a case in which a business donated to the campaign without a person connected to that business being identified.

The question concerned First Equity Financial, LLC, Southfield, Mich., which donated to the campaign. A principal of the business was not identified.

Gilders said the MacDonald campaign has responded to the question and identifi ed Kirk Bruce as the owner of the company.

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