Apparently, the Lieberman campaign needed a little ‘walking around’ money during the Democratic primary against Ned Lamont. They got plenty. In fact, while Lieberman himself has often supported transparency in election spending, his campaign spent over $387,000 in unspecified petty cash expenses. Over the last week, these mystery funds have become a story.
The Public Campaign Action Fund, which was active in monitoring the financial shenanigans of Rep. Tom Delay, has asked for an accounting of these unknown expenditures, which are comparatively huge in a Senate primary. Below is an excerpt from their Board Chairman’s letter to the Lieberman campaign:
“No other Senate campaign that we know of has
ever left undisclosed to the public a sum as
large as this. The Federal Elections Commission
does not require that you provide a line-by-line
accounting of this for public scrutiny. But in the
interests of fairness and protecting the public
trust, we urge you to make an accurate
accounting of these expenses available for the
public to view on its own. That way this matter
can be put to rest.”
So far, there seems to be little urgency on the part of the Lieberman campaign to shed any light on these expenditures, which are supposed to be limited to $100 or less at a crack. T Tagaris at TPM Café asked why the names of those signing for cash disbursements aren’t being provided, as the law requires. So have reporters from the NY Times and the Hartford Courant.