As with any campaign finance report, Pawlowski must list his expenditures, indicating the persons paid, their addresses, the dates and amounts. Pawlowski does list an $8,000 payment, on election day, to "misc. canvassers for election day." But he fails to identify the persons paid or where they live. He describes this expense as "money to pay election day canvassers & workers."
That's a lot of loose change to be carrying around on election day.
When I wrote about this last week, I mentioned that the whole point of campaign finance reporting is to enable us, the public, to follow the money. By withholding the identity of persons paid on election day, Pawlowski effectively defeated the public's right to follow the money. Sterner agrees, and a more specific report must be filed.
This will mark the third time that Pawlowski has been caught afoul of campaign finance reporting laws, and the third time I've dimed him. In 2007, Hizzoner actually attempted to get away with using campaign funds to pay a $270 fine for a late report. Sterner ordered him to pay the fine out of his own pocket. In 2008, he was even more deceptive. He filed a bogus report, falsely claiming his coffers were empty, when he actually raised $101,599. He was ordered to amend that report, too.
If his campaign finance report are transparent, I'm the thin man.