We know from our prior experience with PACs that during the report's 3-month time frame ended December 31, there were most likely debt obligations or in-kind donations for items such as:
- printing and/or copying of petitions to be circulated
- printing and/or copying of handouts of speculative recall charges sheets to be given to potential petition signers
- office supplies
- clipboards to hold petitions
- poster board to request signing petitions
- newspaper advertisements
- street or yard signs
- bank account fees
We know from our own observations of activities that took place that there were debts or in-kind contributions incurred.
We know, for example, that in December the PAC ran ads in the local advertising circular. The cost of this advertisement should have been listed as a debt obligation when the debt is incurred, which is the date of the ad, not when the bill is received. Why wasn't the cost of this listed? If the ad were free, why wasn't it reported as an "in-kind" contribution.
The PAC report filed by the recall group does not include any expenditures (Schedules D), any in-kind contributions (Schedule E) or any debts or obligations (Schedule F-3).
We brought this to the attention of Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bowers. Her response to us:
"The treasurer has signed the report and has also confirmed that there were no disbursements due to the fact that no invoices were received during the reporting period. Based on the information provided by the committee and the amended report, this matter is concluded."Bowers response to us indicates that the only thing she did after we brought this to her attention was to ask the treasurer of the PAC about disbursements. We find her response to us to be dismissive, as if we were the problem.
Why didn't Bowers invest the time to dig deeper? As we have demonstrated, even a cursory look at the report reveals that the report is wrong.
We do not want to do the town's clerk's job for her; nor do we wish to attach "motive" to her actions. Rather, we want her to do the following: "Order" an immediate filing of an accurate, complete report.
We do not agree with Ms. Bowers that the "matter is concluded." The report filed by the recall PAC is incomplete. This matter is "not concluded."