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 [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/421/12330011421/12330011421.pdf]
Ref-2 – Letter of the 27 August regarding 12 Day Pre-Primary Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/531/12330011531/12330011531.pdf]
Ref-3 – April 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/496/12020392496/12020392496.pdf]
Ref-4- 12 Day Pre-Primary Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/773/12952234773/12952234773.pdf]
Ref-5 – Response to Letter of the 24th regarding the April 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/387/12972485387/12972485387.pdf]
Ref-6 – Response to Letter of the 27th regarding the 12 Day Pre-Primary Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/368/12972489368/12972489368.pdf]
Ref-7 – Letter of the 28 August regarding July 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/612/12330011612/12330011612.pdf]
Ref-8 – July 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/450/12952497450/12952497450.pdf]
Ref-9 – Response to Letter of the 28th; Amended July 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/917/12940024917/12940024917.pdf]
Ref-10 – September 2012 Quarterly Report [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/062/12954358062/12954358062.pdf]
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