Monday, January 24, 2011

Non-Candidate Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi Burns Through $111,000 in 2010

Reviewing former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's campaign finance report reveals some interesting tidbits, not the least of which that Brizzi burned through $111,000 in 2010, despite announcing on January 15, 2010 that he wasn't running for re-election. Brizzi only raised $4,902 in 2010.

Contrary to what a lot of candidates think, campaign funds are limited on what they can be used for. Pursuant to IC 3-9-3-4, money received by a candidate or a committee as a contribution may be used only:
(1) to defray any expense reasonably related to the person's or committee's:
(A) campaign for federal, state, legislative, or local office;
(B) continuing political activity; or
(C) activity related to service in an elected office;
(2) to make an expenditure to any national, state, or local committee of any political party or another candidate's committee; or
(3) upon dissolution of a committee, in a manner permitted under IC 3-9-1-12.
Here's a list of what Brizzi's reports list him spending the $110,000 on, all of which took place after he dropped out of the race:

$505.90 Keystone Mall (gifts)

$302.60 Ambrosia Restaurant

$727.73 Harry & Izzy's

$184.02 United Fine Wines & Spirits (event & beverages)

$215.28 Sullivan Steak House (political meeting and expenses)

$361.14 Brown & Joseph (gifts)

$2,601 Verizon Wireless

$147.47 Columbia Club

$930.42 St. Elmo's Steak House (including $616.72 expenditure on 6/28/2010)

$9,523 Taft Stettinius & Hollister (legal)

$141.31 Posh Petals (gifts)

$449.50 Delta Airlines (expenditure took place on 12/22/2010)

These are only a small portion of the questionable expenditures on Brizzi's report. What is the use of having limits on campaign expenditures is they're going to be consistently ignored by candidates and ex-candidates who apparently think that campaign funds are their personal slush fund?
Advance Indiana previously did an excellent post on the questionable Brizzi report, calling for money to be returned to the victims of the Tim Durham ponzi scheme. That post can be found here.


varangianguard said...

It is a long tradition to ignore rules like that on a bipartisan basis.

Mr. Brizzi does it because "everybody else does".

ripped off tax payer said...

maybe even MR. RYAN VAUGHN would also like to return some of the ill gotten gains MR SLEZZI gave to his old budy from the council.ryan dosent need it im sure his xmas stockings were stuffed with the ole barns&thornburg cash he and his buddys have been stealing from the taxpayers. 5000.00 dollars from CARL SLEZZI. where did that money come from we have to deal with him as council president for another year thanks again republicans.

Citizen Kane said...

Due to my inherent distrust of politicians, I assume that they use their campaign funds as slush funds - it is just one of the many corrupt ways they become wealthy (or at least better off than their circumstances would predict).