Following up on the resignation of Misha Fredericks as campaign treasurer for Joel Tyner’s congressional campaign in New York’s 19th District, it’s probably a good idea for candidates to take away the filing keys from disgruntled former staffers, or else they might do stuff like this:
This decision was not made in haste. Rather, I had struggled with the decision for weeks often voicing my concerns with Mr. Tyner. When I filed my first FEC report as Mr. Tyner's treasurer - the April 2012 Quarterly - I informed Mr. Tyner that there was over a $3,000 discrepancy between his bank account balance and the cash-on-hand reported to the FEC. He explained that he had not kept many receipts or had lost them. This baffled me because Mr. Tyner is a five term County Legislator in Dutchess County. As such, he has years of experience with financial disclosure laws in New York State that, like the FEC, require him to maintain and disclose all money raised and spent. I had deep reservations about remaining on as his treasurer as I realized I would never be able to reconcile his bank account with the FEC reports I filed.
I have been informed by others working as volunteers on the campaign that they had given Mr. Tyner over $600 in receipts to be given to me. I never received them and therefore was unable to report those expenditures to the FEC though cash was given to volunteers by Mr. Tyner to reimburse them. These volunteers have quit feeling demoralized and deeply concerned that it may appear as though they used the campaign money for personal expenditures when indeed it was used for voter outreach in many countries throughout the 19th congressional district.
Sounds like everything is going fine, then.