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Monday, July 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Complainant asks why campaign reports not online "

This interesting story, reported by Amy Lavalley, appeared in the July 12th Gary Post-Tribune:

VALPARAISO — The attorney for the Porter County Election Board said Friday that he doubts that the anonymous person who filed a complaint over not finding campaign finance reports online for Judge William Alexa has standing in the matter.

Calvin Chubb, of Chesterton, submitted a written request last month for Alexa’s campaign finance reports from his 2012 bid for re-election. The request was made to Kathy Kozuszek, the Democratic representative in the Voter Registration Office.

Board attorney Ethan Lowe said that information was provided, though the complaint filed last month with the state’s public access counselor by someone known only as “Publius Valerius Publicola” alleged that Kozuszek had not posted the reports on the county’s website.

“This is an anonymous person who is filing a complaint with the public access counselor, and it’s not the same person who asked for the documents. There’s a question of whether this anonymous person even has standing to file this complaint,” Lowe said, adding that state law does not require that the reports be online.

A representative with the public access counselor has said an opinion on the anonymous complaint will be issued July 30.

If members of the media or candidates ask for the finance reports, they are provided directly, but if it comes from someone they don’t know, it’s forwarded to Lowe, said Sundae Schoon, the Republican representative in the Voter Registration Office.

“We take these requests on a case-by-case basis, and I want to be copied on requests, as I was here,” Lowe said.

The election board determined that proper procedure is being followed in the Voter Registration Office when someone asks for the reports and voted to keep that process in place.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 14, 2014 11:10 AM
Posted to Indiana Government