Why are missing, large money transfers between a Kansas PAC and a federal 527 PAC from 2006 ignored by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission? Are a missing $25,000 transfer and two $15,625 transfers big enough to trigger the need for an “errors and omissions” notification, and the need for an updated PAC report? The Ethics Commission has known about these omissions since August 2007 but has taken no action.
The June 30, 2006 IRS 8872 filed by the Young Democrats of America shows a $25,000 payment by the ProKanDo PAC on June 28, 2006. The total receipts for YDA in this report were $33,000 (76% from ProKanDo), while their expenditures were $29,351. YDA would have been seriously in the red financially without this “loan” from the ProKanDo PAC. ProKanDo PAC has never reported this $25,000 loan to the YDA 527 to the Kansas Ethics Commission.
Less than two weeks after the end of the June 30, 2006 IRS 8872 reporting period, YDA turned around and sent two $15,625 payments back to the ProKanDo PAC:
YDA reported the purpose of their expenditures as “Fundraising”. ProKanDo PAC has NOT reported receiving either of the $15,625 checks from YDA.
Here’s the math from the ProKanDo perspective: -$25,000 + $15,625 + $15,625 = $6,250.
The ProKanDo PAC only reported a $6250 contribution from YDA in its July 24, 2006 PAC report (report is large 14 MB file — look on p. 17.)
Kansas law requires ProKanDo PAC to report ALL THREE transactions, not the one. The Ethics Commission has known about these omissions in the ProKanDo report since August 2007 and has chosen to take no action.
The Ethics Commission refused a request in Jan 2008 for an individual to address them about actions the Commission was not taking regarding PAC reports. Continued failure of the Ethics Commission to enforce ethics regulations promptly on PACs should be scrutinized by the Kansas legislature in 2009.
The Kansas Ethics Commission should act swiftly to eliminate the perception they are ignoring violations of Kansas ethics regulations.
- How can the Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection “non-profit” legally give $34,000 to the ProKanDo PAC?, Kansas Meadowlark, Aug 24, 2007.
- Strange political money transfers between ProKanDo PAC and Young Democrats of America 527, Kansas Meadowlark, Aug 20, 2007.
- The ProKanDo PAC raised and spent more political money than any other PAC but wasn’t listed in the top 20 PACs in Kansas in 2006?, Kansas Meadowlark, Aug 20, 2007.
- How the names of political contributors of over $52,000 were hidden on the ProKanDo PAC Reports, Kansas Meadowlark, Aug 20, 2007.