Campaign Treasurer Claims 2011 Donations and Expenses Are Not Included–Disclosure Not Required
By Art Gallagher
The fledgling campaign of Anna Little to unseat Congressman Frank Pallone raised no money in the first quarter of this year, spent $5,600 of campaign funds left over from last year and has $1966.00 cash on hand, according to Little’s FEC Form 3, Record of Receipts And Disbursements, filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The campaign owes its manager, Larry Cirignano, $2,123 and Little $700.00.
The $5,600 spent was for fundraising, accounting, rent and phone bills, according to the report.
Little’s $1000 sponsorship of the Bayshore Tea Party’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration featuring guest speaker James O’Keefe was not reported. The sponsorship check was drawn on the account of Anna C. Little for Congress Inc. and dated March 11, 2011. Bayshore Tea Party founder Barbara Gonzalez verified that the check cleared.
Also not reported, either in this week’s filing nor in Little’s final 2010 report, was any expenditure for the campaign’s election night gathering at the Shore Casino.
Asked about the missing expenditures, Cirignano told MoreMonmouthMusings, “I don’t know anything about it.”
In an email to previous donors during the last week of March, Cirignano asked supporters to donate as much as they could by March 31 in order that Little’s report would have an impressive showing in the amount of individual donors, if not in the amount of money raised.
Little for Congress Treasurer Jane Frotton said that this week’s report applies to the 2010 campaign only. “Anna has not formally announced or filed that she is running in 2012,” said Frotten, “our expert in Washington said we don’t have to disclose 2011-2012 receipts or expenditures because we haven’t filed and because we have not raised enough money.” Frotten said the Bayshore Tea Party sponsorship was a 2011-2012 expenditure that is not required to be disclosed yet.
Frotton said the Shore Casino bill was “paid by somebody else. There is a $250 balance due that I haven’t paid yet.” When asked if the Shore Casino bill was reported as an inkind contribution or if the $250 balance due was reported as a debt, Frotton said “no.”