Thursday, February 05, 2015
John Brown Raised $17,500 in 2014, Failed to List 2013 Campaign Expenses
His largest donation, $6,000, came from Charles Chrin and a Chrin executive. I'm sure Chrin just loves the government by consultant example set by Brown, and isn't interested in anything. He also took $2,000 from Jason Mezzutti, a construction manager. Aside from Chrin it appears that none of these contributors is local. with the exception of $250 in chump change from Lou Pektor.
What I find disturbing is that Brown failed to report expenses that were obviously incurred in his 2013 race. $9,500 worth of last minute ads, along with a payment to a political consultant.
Brown paid $7,000 to Wavelength Communications, an ad agency to which he apparently owed money from the general election. His failure to report this expense at that time, if only as an unpaid debt, is deceptive and may violate campaign finance laws. There is also a payment to political consultant Gary Birks for $2,500, and expense that should have been noted in the election or post-election report. He also paid Andy Daub for some get-together at the Pomfert Club in Easton.
Brown's failure to list these expenses as they were incurred deprives the public of the ability to follow the money, which is the whole point of campaign finance reporting.