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Dems: Munsil campaign violated finance laws

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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:34 am | Updated: 3:15 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The state Democratic Party is accusing Len Munsil’s gubernatorial campaign of violating campaign finance laws.

Party Chairman David Waid filed a complaint Wednesday with the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

He said finance reports filed by Munsil showed the campaign had spent virtually all the money it had by late April. And Munsil didn’t get his public financing until May 5.

The reports also show the campaign had paid consultant Vernon Parker’s company $2,000 in March and $2,500 in May, but nothing in April. And consultant Nathan Sproul got $5,400 in February, $5,000 in March, $1,000 in April and $6,000 in May.

Waid ’ s complaint said that suggests two possibilities: The consultants gave away services in April when Munsil was out of money, which would be an illegal in-kind contribution, or they performed services in April knowing they would be paid when public financing came through in May. That, however, would violate laws prohibiting candidates from incurring debt when they don’t have money.

Sproul and Parker didn’t respond to questions about billing practices.

There are four Republican candidates vying for the nomination.

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