Falling on the heels of Michael Barker’s fund raiser 14 days before the primary, he once again fails to file his 11 day mandatory campaign finance report with the state on time! The due date for the 11 day campaign finance report in a primary was August 26, 2013 to August 30, 2013.
This is not the first time Barker missed his due date; he also failed to file on time for his 32 day campaign finance primary report which was due August 5, 2013 to August 9, 2013. Only after Michael Barker was notified by the State division of campaign finance enforcement did he file a report. The report he filed late states the following, and what is interesting to note about the report is he declares there was “NO ACTIVITY”. Yet during this time someone purchased campaign signs for his campaign. Under election campaign finance laws, it clearly calls for a detailed list of loans, donations, gifts, and payouts in dollar amounts. The report the state requires is very specific, but Barker was not! In recent years states have moved under pressure from the people for full disclosure laws regarding campaign finance. Apparently, Barker working part-time as a county legislator did not read the new laws his colleagues endorsed.
Link to New York State Board of Elections is as follows,
FRIENDS OF MIKE BARKER
3 Pritchard Court
Fairport NY 14450
Status = ACTIVE
A "No Activity Statement" was filed with the State Board of Elections for this period.
Nevertheless, there is another problem; Barker had a fund raiser. Where is the money he alleges he raised at the fund raiser? Whether he did raise money or not, someone had to pay for the invitations and restaurant fees for the fund raiser. These costs were not reported to the state as of September 3, 2013, 5:00 PM, close of the business day, well beyond the deadline of August 30, 2013. Although he may file with the state late online and correct this seemingly obvious omission so that the system will show he did file, it will not correct the fact that Barker has a lot to learn when it comes to dealing with budgets on time.
In other reports filed by Barker dating back to 2011, he shows he spent $2,634.74 in campaign signs, that’s a lot of signs for a part time county Legislators position.
It now appears certain a vote for Barker is a vote for a budget that will only become misplaced or run over budget, costing the residents of Perinton, New York more in taxes, something that Ed Dunn who is also running in this primary election is strongly opposed too!
UPDATE, September 4, 2013 Barker files 11 day primary financials, declares "No Activity" AGAIN. Yet he had a campaign fund raiser on August 26, 2013 and has previously posted yard signs for his campaign! This is not being accountable to the people, nor does it represent honesty in government, it is however a blatant disregard for authority. Note, it is possible however that Barker may amend his report at a later time to cover its inadequacy.
In closing this article a new concern on the willful destruction of Ed Dunn’s campaign signs has been noted in recent days.
So it is clear to all supporters of Michael Barker the law states the following as it relates to campaign signs. “Stealing a campaign sign is a class 1 misdemeanor larceny. The punishment is up to a year and jail and a $2,500 fine. If signs are damaged, then a charge of vandalism can be added; this is also a misdemeanor”. The committee to elect Ed Dunn will not tolerate this sort of behavior and it speaks little of those who support Mike Barker or his efforts to be elected. The committee to elect Ed Dunn believes they are now clear on this matter and if anyone notices anyone other than Ed Dunn moving his campaign signs, Ed Dunn is asking them to notify him through the email provided on his web pages.
Vote September 10, 2013 in this Primary Election, your vote counts.
To learn more about Ed Dunn for Perinton Town supervisor go to the following link.