Friday, March 03, 2006

FEC Update - When will the truth finally come out?

After making the call to the FEC today, I decided to check how long it took Al Weed's campaign to have his papers filed. According to information received from their campaign staff, the process took only four days.

And guess what else I found out?

  • Rather than faxing a copy of his registration papers to his opponent as Bern's Wednesday email to the county Democratic chairs said, Mark Pennypacker (his Finance Director) hand-delivered the papers to the Weed campaign today (Friday).
  • The date on those papers was Friday, February 24, 2006.

In the email to the county chairs (posted on this site on Wednesday, March 1), Bern wanted everyone to know:

“When I realized that they had no record of my filing, I resubmitted the forms to them.”

And, according to his own paperwork, the date of that submission was February 24—one day before the Danville breakfast meeting. Therefore, the following statement made to the Register & Bee reporter on Saturday, February 25, 2006, in Danville was not true.

“Ewert said he has filed his campaign with the FEC earlier this year. He said he doesn’t know why it is not listed on the agency’s Web site.”

If we are to believe what he is telling 5th District Democrats, then, of course, he knew why it was not listed. He knew they had not received his paperwork, because he had resubmitted it the day before! So why didn’t he tell Bernard Baker that instead?

Details, details, details—those are the things that keep me going here. I love to look at information and see how it all relates (or not!). Picking apart documents comes pretty easy since I’ve been working as a proofreader on and off for over 25 years now. I also love researching to find those little details—those little nuggets of information that are so telling when combined with similar nuggets from other locations. And the goal of all this:

Keeping the Candidates Honest and Above Board

Like it or not, Honesty Counts!


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