FEC says McLeod failed to report several disbursements on quarterly report

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:39 PM
Last updated 7:31 PM

The Federal Election Commission is asking 12th Congressional District Republican candidate Wright McLeod to provide additional information about his campaign spending or face an audit or penalty.

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In a June 18 letter to McLeod campaign treasurer Cameron Nixon, FEC Senior Campaign Finance Analyst Robin Kelly says McLeod’s April quarterly report did not state the purpose for several disbursements of campaign funds, including those characterized only as “payroll.”

Kelly’s letter advises Nixon that campaign payroll disbursements of more than $200 must state the recipient’s name and address in addition to the date and purpose of the payment.

The letter touches on one of the concerns raised in a May 14 complaint filed with the FEC by opponent Rick Allen’s campaign manager, Scott Paradise. Among three issues Paradise raised were McLeod’s failure to itemize payroll disbursements.

“It’s time that Wright McLeod finally tells the truth by admitting he made major mistakes, including stealing our campaign’s donor list,” Paradise said Tuesday. “The FEC has confirmed what we’ve believed for some time – Wright McLeod is in clear violation of the law.”

McLeod campaign spokeswoman Holly Croft called the letter, which has a response due date of July 23, “a routine administrative request” and pointed to similar FEC requests for additional information made earlier this year to Allen and another Republican candidate, state Rep. Lee Anderson.

Both letters, posted on the FEC.gov Web site, cite the candidates’ failures to include more specific information about some donors’ employers besides “requested” or “self.”

Asked whether the letter verified Paradise’s complaint, which McLeod officials have dismissed as a frivolous “hatchet job,” Croft said “there could be some overlap” between Allen’s complaint and the FEC letter.

McLeod, Allen, Anderson and candidate Maria Sheffield, who has accused McLeod of “tracking” her by sending a campaign staffer to videotape her speech, are scheduled to debate at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Former Augusta Chronicle editorial page editor Phil Kent will be moderator.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Debate for Republican candidates vying for the District 12 congressional seat

WHO: Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Jabez Sanford Har­din Performing Arts Cen­ter in the Columbia County Li­brary in Evans

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Insider Information 06/27/12 - 01:53 pm
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Oops

How many blunders can one guy make?

Well, at least he is demonstrating that he is just as qualified as anyone else in Washington.

MartinezCitizen
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MartinezCitizen 06/27/12 - 02:36 pm
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Misleading Headline

What a misleading headline... It makes it sound like he left off expenditures when the article states he didn't accurately report the expenditures. Which is it? Paradise sure makes some slanderous remarks according to this article. Accusing McLeod of theft...I sure wish he would present the chronicle with the proof of the accusations he is making. Of course, with the slanted reporting I don't know that would make the issues any clearer anyway.

NoToBarrow
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NoToBarrow 06/27/12 - 02:45 pm
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McLeod is not to be trusted

I don't trust McLeod. He is no different than John Barrow. These men play both sides of the fence and both are Democrats. Wright has voted in past Democratic Primaries. So we are to believe that Mr. McLeod is a Conservative Republican? Ha! My vote is going to Maria Sheffield.

NoToBarrow
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NoToBarrow 06/27/12 - 02:55 pm
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One more thing

I wonder how much Mr. McLeod is paying his trackers like Holly Croft. None of his staffers are even reported on his FEC report. hmmmmm What does he have to hide? We are suppose to believe he will be honest with us if he is elected to Congress? LOL! You know Maria Sheffield is doing something right when they are following her every move. They are worried and should be.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/27/12 - 03:19 pm
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Yellow Politics: Who would expect anything else!!!

Personal attacks should not be the platform of any candidate. I don't know any of the candidates but one would hope that each would run on their platform rather than personal attacks on other candidates. If I did ask for an audit I wouldn't be proud that my name was mentioned; Mr. Allen. I would rather be know for my clean clean run and my duty to the public to do my best for them. Can't expect any better in this day and time. Look no farther than Obama and Romney!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/27/12 - 03:52 pm
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Toothless

Scott Paradise said, “The FEC has confirmed what we’ve believed for some time – Wright McLeod is in clear violation of the law.”

Yeah, but it's a toothless law. There are few, if any, sanctions that the FEC will put into play.

Just Wondering
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Just Wondering 06/27/12 - 04:00 pm
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Wow!

Here you go, all three were asked for more information. How is it only one guy gets his name in the headline? Billy Morris must really fear McLeod will beat his man. I'm surprised this story wasn't written by Peterson, bet he had something to do with it. Just cut and paste the link and you will see all three PDFs. The links should take you to the FEC website. Really wasn't hard, surprised Susan didn't include them.

Allen

http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/419/12330007419/12330007419.pdf#navpanes=0

Anderson

http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/616/11330016616/11330016616.pdf#navpanes=0

McLeod

http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/198/12330008198/12330008198.pdf#navpanes=0

slowpitch
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slowpitch 06/28/12 - 04:55 pm
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Campaign finance laws need to be fixed

The byzantine rules governing campaign financial disclosures are an incumbent protection program. The ONLY thing this demonstrates is Allen hired staff with more political experience (although the FEC has asked his campaign for the same clarifications!!) and McLeod's staff is green.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/29/12 - 09:47 am
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Flippancy

Yes, Slowpitch, the campaign finance disclosure reports are bureaucratic and complex. In a free country, people would just gather their supporters, raise their money, and campaign. It's none of the government's business, nor of the general public how a candidate raises money. It the candidate's principles, platform, and track record that matters.

Nevertheless, it is troubling that when McLeod is confronted with irregularities in his finance report, he ducks, dodges, and weaves instead of facing the charges forthrightly and making corrections. McLeod responded flippantly on the Austin Rhodes Radio Program to the charges brought up by Allen's campaign. Candidates who respond obliquely (as McLeod does) instead of forthrightly to questions are troubling to me, and I do not vote for them.

I am supporting Rick Allen in this race so far. Take a look at his campaign web site and see if you like his positions on the issues facing our nation.

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