Politics & Government

Campaign treasurer files late reports – and an accusation

Treasurer files late reports – and an accusation

Democrat Robin Bradford’s campaign filed financial reports last week – more than a year late.

And the reports came with more than a dozen pages of documents from Bradford’s 2012 campaign treasurer accusing her of not telling the truth.

The filings come at an awkward time for Bradford, who chairs Mecklenburg County’s Democratic Party and is making her second bid in two years for the state House.

In 2012, Bradford lost to Republican Charles Jeter in District 92, which stretches along the Catawba River in west Mecklenburg.

Bradford faced fines from the state elections board for failing to file two reports from her 2012 campaign, which were due in early 2013. She had also failed to file reports for 2013.

In March, Bradford said she wasn’t aware of the fines and blamed treasurer Sharon Greene, who disputed the fines, saying she’d filed the missing documents.

Last week, Greene filed four reports from 2012 and 2013. She also wrote the board a letter that, while taking responsibility for being late, accused Bradford of not being truthful and failing to provide the information needed for complete finance reports.

There may be questions in the new reports as well.

One filed last week covered the final weeks of 2012. It contained different figures for a report covering the same period that was filed on March 13.

Bradford said she acted on the problems when she found out about them.

“I’m not going to get into a back-and-forth,” she said. “I didn’t receive any correspondence (from the state). The letters all went to her directly. And once I was made aware, the corrections were made. …

“Everything is done and turned in. I’m only moving forward.”

Bradford called herself “an excellent steward of money” and pointed to the county Democratic Party, which she said was in debt when she became chair and is now in the black.

Jeter said the new reports show his opponent had raised more money in 2012 than originally reported. And he says the reports reflect on the candidate.

“I question the ability of somebody who clearly cannot follow the law to ask citizens to give them the trust to help make the laws,” he said. “At what point does sloppiness matter?” Jim Morrill

Final forum in the 12th

How hard is the choice for Democrats in the 12th Congressional District?

Party officials have scheduled a final forum this week for the six Democratic candidates. They’re calling it, “Our Minds are not Made UP!”

The 90-minute forum is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2600 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Jim Morrill

Adams gets a boost

One group having no trouble deciding who to support in the 12th District is a liberal super PAC called Progressive Kick, whose slogan is “Give Conservatives the Boot!”

Last month, the group came out for state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro; last week, it put its money where its endorsement is.

The super PAC reported spending $53,000 on everything from online advertising to mailings and automated calls.

When the group made its original endorsement, its website also carried a testimonial from one of her rivals.

The California-based group featured the testimonial from Democrat Marcus Brandon, whom it had endorsed in an earlier legislative campaign. Asked about the dual endorsements, the political action committee removed the Brandon testimonial from its site. Jim Morrill

Congressional art

Twenty-eight Charlotte-area high school students have submitted paintings and artwork as part of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

One of the students, who come from Mecklenburg, Iredell or Union counties, will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Rep. Robert Pittenger asked local residents to help pick a finalist by “liking” their favorite pieces on his Facebook page.

Pittenger, his staff and local art experts will select the first place entry. The winner will be announced at a special reception May 2 at The Art Institute of Charlotte.

Finalists will see their artwork displayed in Pittenger’s Charlotte and Mooresville offices. Franco Ordonez