Late report lists $2,685 raised in last three months but fails to provide details about campaign expenses
Corrected Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:34pm
Austin Community for Change (AC4C) submitted its latest campaign finance report after the 5pm deadline to reach the City Clerk’s office yesterday.
A copy obtained this morning indicates the political action committee (PAC) favoring the 8-2-1 plan for electing council members collected $2,685 in the past three months. Combined with the previous reported total of $1,907 brings the AC4C PAC’s total fundraising to $4,592.
The amount of campaign contributions netted by the Proposition 4 supporters is swamped by the competing Proposition 3 plan for geographic representation. Austinites for Geographic Representation (AGR) has raised nearly $90,000.
As reported yesterday, AGR raised $40,662 in the latest reporting period and nearly $70,000 to date. AGR also reported receiving an additional pledge of $20,000. That will bring the PAC’s total fundraising to almost $90,000, with nearly four weeks remaining before election day.
The latest AC4C report lists 11 contributions, the largest being $1,000 from the Capital Area Asian American Democrats.
Channy Soeur, CEO of CAS Consulting and Services Inc., a company with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Soeur’s daughter, Michelle Soeur, is the constituent liaison staff member for Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Report lacks detailed expenses
AC4C failed to include in the report Schedule F, which provides details about $594 in political expenditures the PAC made during the reporting period.
Contacted by The Austin Bulldog, campaign treasurer Richard Jung, an attorney with Jung Ko PLLC, said the omission was a mistake and he would file a correction affidavit tomorrow.
The full-page ad that appeared on page 19 of The Austin Chronicle on October 5 was ordered and paid for after the September 27 closing date for this reporting period, Jung said.
One more pre-election reporting cycle
The final PAC reports before the November 6 election are due October 29, eight days out, and no further reporting will be required until January 15. So it will be more than two months after the election before a full accounting of campaign expenditures will be made public.
To see the AC4C amendment that on October 11 added Schedule F to detail expenditures, click here.
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