Anna Little’s Campaign Falls to Respond to FEC Inquiry

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Anna Little’s congressional campaign has failed to respond to the Federal Election Commission’s demands for accurate information about the campaign’s finances.

As reported by MMM on September 12,  the FEC wrote Little’s husband and campaign treasurer, Rob Little, three separate letters in late August regarding serious deficiencies in the campaign’s April 2012 quarterly report, the 12 day pre-primary report, and the June 2012 quarterly report.  The April and pre-parimary reports lacked donor information.  The July report, which reported a negative cash balance of over $11,000, did not jibe with the previous two reports.  The FEC demanded that all of the reports be ammended and that they be filed electronically.  The deadline for the April amendment was September 28.  The pre-primary report amendment was due on October 1 and the July amendment was due yesterday.  None of the amendments are posted in the FEC website.

The FEC’s letters stated in bold print that requests for extensions would not be considered and that failure to comply could result in audits and enforcement action.

The FEC analysts who wrote to Little referred MMM to the press office.  The press office spokewoman told MMM that reports that are filed electronically are posted to the commission’s website “almost immediately.”  Reports that are submitted via paper are posted “within 48 hours.”   The spokeswoman twice suggested that MMM contact the campaign. “It will be interesting to hear what they have to say,” she said.

Rob Little told MMM that he received the letters and referred them to the campaign’s compliance officer.  Little declined to give the name of the compliance officer, stating, “you’re going to twist whatever I say.”

Speaking of twisted….

The Little campaign yesterday emailed a fundraising appeal declaring that her race against Congressman Frank Pallone is winnable based on Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press polling data.

The email, signed by “Anna,” cited Monmouth University Polling Director Patrick Murray’s statewide poll released last week  that measured the favorability ratings to potential Democratic gubernatorial challengers to Governor Chris Christie in 2013.  Pallone scored a statewide favorability rating of 16% statewide (17% among Republicans), 9% unfavorable and 75% had no opinion.  Little compared that poll to a October 2010 Monmouth survey of the old 6th congressional district that indicated Pallone was beating Little in that race by 53% to 41%.

Little’s email told her prospective donors:


These polling numbers mean that the number of Registered voters that view Pallone as ‘favorable’ have droped 31% since we last sqaured  (sic)off against him in 2010.
These polling results mean that we have 34 days to engage with the 75% of voters who are undecided and help them form an opinion about the self proclaimed author of Obamacare before they head to the polls on Nov. 6th
These polling results mean that victory in the 6th district will be awarded to the campaign that reaches that 75% first!


Posted: October 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Congressional Races, Anna Little, FEC, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , , , | 28 Comments »

28 Comments on “Anna Little’s Campaign Falls to Respond to FEC Inquiry”

  1. That's Not So, said at 2:16 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Art. Anna’s signs are up and available to take from there..her photo just was not returned to HQ from Marlboro Day, yet! Why make things worse? Not right or productive to go down Petty Road!

  2. Wayne Pomanowski said at 2:24 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    As far as the picture in HQ not being in the photo,Art I personally brought Anna’s photo and signs to HQ.So I do not know why your photo does not show her on the wall.It may be further to the left of your view. I went to Staples,picked it up and hand delivered it,so your story is not totally accurate.Saturday I took all the candidates signs with me to Colts Neck high School.All the Anna signs Joe K signs and County signs were picked up,I actually ran out all the signs.So there are people who find good in Anna’s campaign.
    I have nothing to do with her reports to ELECT so I am unable to comment.With Frank Pallone having 3.4 million dollars in his account ,a wife with a five figure government job and a man who sat by as he let the largest military base in Monmouth County( 5000 jobs gone south) can’t you find something better to write about than Anna’s picture, or the bravado of a fund raising letter????

  3. Art Gallagher said at 2:27 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Run on Rosie…

    The photos on the wall are laid out well…where was Anna’s photo before Marlboro Day?

    The photo posted here was sent in by a reader. Send me another with Anna’s picture included and I’ll be happy to post it….

  4. hah said at 2:27 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Not returned? There’s not even a place on that wall that the photo could be missing from!

    And if that’s the excuse, wasn’t Marlboro day back in May? No one thought to just get a new photo?

  5. The Overseer said at 2:28 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    I would worry about the FEC not the the dumb signs!

  6. It was said at 2:31 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    One of the first campaign photos up on that wall after the primary,to the left of the large county team photo! You have let your personal animosity get in the way of the truth. Please stop.

  7. Art Gallagher said at 2:36 pm on October 3rd, 2012:


    The photo was sent in by a mutual friend of ours. I don’t believe our friend would intentionally crop the photo to create a false impression. Like I said to Run on Rosie, send me a new photo and I’ll post it.

    Run on Rosie,

    There in no personal animosity on my part. I just posted the photo so that you and Wayne would have something other than the FEC reports to complain about.

  8. Ask Rhoda, said at 2:39 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    She has taken a ton of photos there since the last move…agree there seems to be some kind of lax response to reportage.. One does NOT have to insinuate the party did not/does not include any GOP candidate on this year’s slate who takes the time to send over any photo, signs, palmcards,or other giveaways: there’s stuff there from Freehold and others,too. Much is leftover from the county fair and various booths manned at several town carnivals,etc!

  9. Why complain? said at 2:44 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    When we have you and/or others who do not volunteer and have not been in the county hq for many months to do it for us?…most good Republicans are out there trying to help our whole slate win while a vocal few judge and condemn, which is sad.

  10. this said at 2:51 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Seems like her photo was missing at the unity breakfast?


  11. Oh, for the love of God. said at 3:34 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Who gives a damn about a photo!!
    Why the Hell is this FEC business still going on???

    PLEASE insist that Little give the FEC the information they require and stop behaving like spoiled children! This is an unacceptable embarrassment, attributable to Little and her campaign.

  12. I'm With "For The Love Of God" said at 3:48 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    I could not see giving money to a candidate that has not responded to the FEC.

  13. Justified Right said at 4:10 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    The County Party isn’t allowed to spend resources on a Congressional campaign.

    I wouldn’t expect her picture to be there.

  14. Anna's photo said at 4:16 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Was on the wall right to the left of our former vice chair Addy Lubkert, and right over her lawn sign.. I put it there myself, was there the day of the unity breakfast..It went to the county fair booth and a few town days in her district,period, when it gets returned to hq, will be put back up..And yes, we all hope she gets her reports straightened out,soon, ok?

  15. Tom, said at 4:20 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    All GOP campaigns on the slate who want to bring their stuff to the county HQ can, it’s available to see or take, no finance laws are being broken.. Wish the Dems held themselves and were held to the same high standards!

  16. For the love of God. said at 4:35 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Anna’s photo said at 4:16 pm on October 3rd, “And yes, we all hope she gets her reports straightened out,soon, ok?”
    Hope? (sigh). Again with the “hope” thing.

    Hope isn’t good enough. Get it done.

  17. Hermoine Granger said at 6:59 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Well, it is going to take a very powerful charm spell to fix this broken mess. I am quite busy these days, so the Little Campaign is going to have to ask their old friend Christine O’Donnell to fly over to NJ and work her magic.

  18. Anna's Picture said at 10:33 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    I’ll be back. 

  19. OUCH! said at 11:10 pm on October 3rd, 2012:

    Although it is true that Gallaghers animosity torward Little cannot be denied, how does that change the truth?

    If little cannot properly handle her own campaign finances, you all want to send her to Washington?

    How is it disloyal to the party to not want to back a candidate that doesnt deserve, or is not capable to do the job if elected?

    If Little had been properly vetted in the first place, perhaps some of this stuff would have come out, and a different candidate chosen.

    Where does it say you are not a loyal Republican for not backing a bad candidate?

    I would rather back a good Democrat than a bad Republican any day! Thats what elections should be about!

  20. The FEC said at 1:26 am on October 4th, 2012:

    Show me the money Anna Little. Where did the money go?

  21. If only someone warned us said at 12:10 pm on October 4th, 2012:


  22. ? said at 6:57 pm on October 5th, 2012:

    So what does Alan Moretti think of this?

  23. ? said at 6:58 pm on October 5th, 2012:

    Or Puharic?

  24. Name (required)@? said at 4:12 pm on October 9th, 2012:

    No one cares.

  25. Observer I said at 1:57 pm on October 21st, 2012:

    Will there be a new “musing” accurately reporting with the same energetic language Little’s campaign’s answers to the subject inquiries in its filings of 10/09/2012:







    will the previous “muser” stay mum ?

    either way, the “muser’s” true character will be revealed.

  26. Art Gallagher said at 8:01 am on October 22nd, 2012:

    Thanks for posting those Observer I,

    You are welcome to write an article about them, with energetic language. I will publish your work.

    You might get to it before I do.

  27. Observer I said at 2:38 am on October 24th, 2012:

    Anna Little’s Congressional campaign has successfully responded to the Federal Election Commission’s requests.

    On three separate occasions in late August, financial analysts from the FEC wrote to the treasurer of the Republican candidate’s principal campaign committee, “Friends of Anna Little”, formally requesting information essential to the full public disclosure of federal election campaign finances. Anna Little is the challenger for New Jersey’s Sixth U.S. Congressional District’s seat.

    Letters from the FEC dated 24 August (Ref-1) and 27 August (Ref-2) were similarly themed, indicating that the campaign had provided improper information for an unspecified number of contributors of more than two-hundred dollars ($200) in the “April 2012 Quarterly Report” (Ref-3) and “12 Day Pre-Primary Report” (Ref-4), respectively. The Commission cited that it is unacceptable to have entries with the employer and occupation of “Cash Contributions/Cash Contributions”, “N/A / N/A”, “None/None”, or “Self-employed/Self”. To satisfy the formal requests of the Commission, on 9 October the “Friends of Anna Little” filed documents (Ref-5) and (Ref-6) that provided the missing information that was obtainable along with a description of those best efforts that the Committee made to obtain it otherwise.

    The third letter from the FEC, dated 28 August (Ref-7) will raise both your eyebrows, as the Commission points out the serious defects in the Committee’s July 2012 Quarterly Report (Ref-8), including a negative cash balance. The dull-witted among us may immediately conclude that the Committee’s treasurer is “trying to get away with something” because a negative cash balance indicates that somebody has overdrawn an account. However, giving the briefest thought to the matter would reveal the inherent contradiction, “the treasurer illicitly takes the money, but faithfully reports the taking to the FEC for public disclosure.” If one were to apply Occam’s razor, or just some plain common sense, one should conclude that the treasurer simply blundered while filling-out of the form. To further his blunder, he submitted the form without reviewing it. To make his blunder complete, he has no doubt become a recipient of the hairy eyeball (and probably more) from his wife, Anna Little, the candidate. It is clear that the “Friends of Anna Little” recognized the problem and have addressed it, as evidenced by the amended filing (Ref-9) of 19 October.

    Since the time of the writing of the three letters, the calendar quarter has ended. In keeping with public disclosure, the “Friend of Anna Little” submitted the September 2012 Quarterly Report (Ref-10) on 14 October. It should be readily obvious to the most casual observer that Anna Little is truly dedicated to governmental openness, honesty, and transparency even when such reveal her warts.

    This ends my energetic language.
    References follow.

    Ref-1 – Letter of the 24 August regarding April 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-2 – Letter of the 27 August regarding 12 Day Pre-Primary Report

    Ref-3 – April 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-4- 12 Day Pre-Primary Report

    Ref-5 – Response to Letter of the 24th regarding the April 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-6 – Response to Letter of the 27th regarding the 12 Day Pre-Primary Report

    Ref-7 – Letter of the 28 August regarding July 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-8 – July 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-9 – Response to Letter of the 28th; Amended July 2012 Quarterly Report

    Ref-10 – September 2012 Quarterly Report

    End of references.
    End of text.

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