Sunday, January 16, 2011

CCA Election Law Violation

Political organizations are required to make periodic financial reports to disclose their expenditures. Around an election they are required to make reports 28 days and 7 days before the election and 28 days after the election. These filing requirements are described here.

When the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) reviewed the "7 day" filings of CCA and the CCA-endorsed candidates for the Charlestown Town Council we were surprised to see no report of the money spent for the town-wide mailing, newspaper advertisement, and other items.

When this became clear we submitted a protest to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

The Board of Elections reviewed the complaint and found that the CCA was in violation of Rhode Island election law. Here are the letters sent to the CCA and the CDTC after their investigation.