February 8, 2010
Chair, Marion County Election Board
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Re: Complaint against Citizens for Wishard Political Action Committee
Dear Chairman Sullivan:
Please consider this a complaint against Citizens for Wishard (C4W) and a request for investigation into expenditures listed on C4W’s campaign finance reports.
In conjunction with the Wishard referendum campaign, the C4W only listed two expenditures both to Hirons & Company (hereinafter “Hirons”), a local public relations firm:
9/27/2009 to 10/9/2009 $284,871.36 to Hirons & Company
10/9/2009 to 12/31/2009 $510,316.23 to Hirons & Company
Almost certainly C4W made several payments to Hirons during the period listed above. C4W should report each of those payments and the dates they were made, not list a total for those periods.
More important, it is very likely that C4W's payments to Hirons were for reimbursement for Wishard campaign expenses. C4W should not be permitted to use a third party vendor to conceal who is receiving campaign expenditures. If the Election Board allows this practice to stand, it will invite candidates to engage in a similar practice to conceal campaign expenditures through using a third party vendor, resulting in an undermining of the integrity of our campaign finance laws.
I would ask that you investigate my complaint and take appropriate action so that a precedent is established that the practice of using a third party vendor to conceal campaign expenditures will not be permitted.
Paul K. Ogden
cc. Secretary of State Todd Rokita