The man who would like to be elected Will County auditor this November has filed a complaint challenging incumbent Duffy Blackburn’s campaign disclosure forms.
Republican Mark Batinick says Blackburn, a Joliet resident, failed to disclose two loans he made to his campaign committee — one for $1,000 on June 19 and another for $4,000 on June 29 — within five days of receipt, which violates state election law.
But Blackburn said Batinick’s information is incorrect. While both forms were filed late, and thus are not on the State Board of Election’s Web site, he is in complete compliance with the state’s compaign disclosure laws, he said Thursday night.
Batinick’s complaint was filed Wednesday with the board of elections, which will determine if the charge has merit before holding a public hearing. The board has the ability to impose of a civil fine of up to $5,000 if it finds Blackburn violated state law.
“Perhaps Mr. Blackburn might have asked his treasurer or his campaign chair to oversee his filings. Unfortunately, the auditor is his own campaign treasurer and chairman,” Batinick wrote on his blog. “Apparently, Mr. Blackburn does not see a need to place controls in his campaign to thwart errors, omissions and financial disclosure violations.”
Blackburn admitted he filed both loan forms loans late, but that he realized his error and corrected it July 16. He was told his corrected forms would not be posted online but that he was in good standing with the state, he said.
This information could not be verified by Patch on Thursday night, but will be Friday.
“I was busy with family and with work,” Blackburn said. “I double-checked this week, and the forms have been filed.”
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