On February 7, 2017 First Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco hosted a well-attended fundraiser.
Three days later, on February 10, 2017, "Defusco for City Council (2019)" filed an A-1 ELEC form.
The A-1 form reads:
"The total amount expended or to be expended on behalf of my candidacy by me or by any other candidate, person, or committee shall be zero, or shall not, in the aggregate, exceed $5,100 for this election."Curious, no?
And, if the campaign accepts any contribution at all, it has 10 days to open a (bank) account on a D-1 filing; the A-1 reads as follows:
"I am aware that I, as a candidate, am required to designate a campaign treasurer and a campaign depository and that I am required to file with the Commission a “Certificate of Organization and Designation of Campaign Treasurer and Depository,” Form D-1, no later than 10 days after receipt of any contribution on behalf of my candidacy or 10 days after making any expenditure on behalf of my candidacy, whichever comes first."Well...
Three days after raising substantial monies, DeFusco's campaign opened it's 2019 campaign with a form that precludes it from accepting contributions above $5,100 in total.
Which suggests that the February 7 fund raising was intended for a different campaign.
And so the reporting-clock is ticking... The next ELEC deadline is April 15, and we should expect to see the contributions reported somewhere.
After all, a candidate cannot continue to campaign (and fund raise) for an election without opening a campaign account. The public has a right to see a campaign's receipts and expenditures.
So, it seems that April 15, 2017 date would be an "on or before" deadline to make it official.
In the meantime... two of three At-Large Council candidates named by Al Sullivan last week have not denied the disclosure.
The third has vociferously denied there was any truth to it, which means... who is number 3?