In response to a written complaint, I received this very prompt response yesterday from the County elections office.
In response to this matter I just spoke to Tom O’Donnell. I informed him that the Elections Office has received a complaint in writing in regards to him not following finance laws and spending over $250.00 Dollars on his campaign. He stated that his treasure George Treisner has filed all the appropriate paper work to the state. I then informed him that he is not a state candidate therefore it should not be filed with the state; he is a local candidate who must file on a local level. I also told him that he is going to have to file the finance reports to our office and also if he has a committee he must legally form that committee by filling out the Political Committee Registration Statement. He asked me to mail the papers to him and said that George Treisner is out of town and when he comes back, this will be taken care of.O'Donnell should have told the elections office that the dog ate his campaign finance report. The explanation would have made more sense. I also find it interesting that O'Donnell claims that George Treisner is his treasurer.
You see, Treisner also happens to be the Chairman of Northampton County's Elections Commission.
Can you say conflict of interest?
Treisner is a numbers cruncher, too. He's a financial advisor, and apparently knows all about money. Treisner told me he filed O'Donell's report with the state.
"I filed it online," he explained, telling me that O'Donnell has no committee and is filing only as a candidate. If that is so, then why the hell does he need a treasurer?
I told Treisner I've been unable to find O'Donnell's report online, and was unable to find any committee filed with the state.
"Keep looking," he told me, and hung up.
I did. I called the state, and asked them to look. There is no committee registered under O'Donnell's name. There is no online report. In fact, I was told that it would be impossible for O'Donnell to file online because he would need a state identification number, and they would only give that to him if he were a state candidate.
So Treisner, Chairman of the Elections Commission, flat out lied to me.
No wonder he hung up.
After my call to Treisner, O'Donnell called the elections office to pick up the paperwork he needs to file the report required by law.
O'Donnell tells everyone he's a certified fraud examiner. He should examine himself. And Treisner, who flat out lied about something as important as a campaign finance report, needs to resign from the Elections Commission.