August 6, 2009

Board of Elections Dismisses Lynch Complaint

Carroll Andrew Morse

Cynthia Needham of the Projo's 7-to-7 newsblog is reporting that the Rhode Island Board of Elections has dismissed the state Republican Party's complaint against Attorney General Patrick Lynch, for reporting over $9,000 in campaign expenditures as "petty cash". The dismissal was based on an amended filing submitted by the Lynch campaign...

The Board of Elections Thursday dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, who was accused by the state Republican party of violating campaign finance laws.

The board dismissed the complaint on the grounds that Lynch had updated his filing this week to include more information.

He was not penalized, but the board did issue a warning to Lynch.

A statement by the "Friends of Patrick Lynch" campaign organization skips past the warning and claims full vindication, because they've just been doin' what they've always done…
This last minute complaint by the Rhode Island Republican Party has misused the entire process....For 7 years Friends of Patrick Lynch has filed documents and filings that the Board of Elections has accepted. We are pleased that the non-partisan Board of Elections has unanimously dismissed this complaint.

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Let's pretend to be surprised, just for kicks. It would have been unrealistic to expect more, especially after the prior comments of the board's chairman. Non-partisan. Yeah, right!

Posted by: Will at August 6, 2009 11:50 AM

The only group that makes me laugh more than the RI Ethics Commission is the RI Board of Elections. I don't think they realize just how funny they are. Their attempt to look legit by listening to these complaints is humorous in and of itself. I hope Gio practiced his "surprised" look for the media. We all knew the ending before the meeting ever began. We've seen it all before.

Posted by: Tim at August 6, 2009 12:58 PM

James Bopp, the lawyer brought in to deal with BOE, for Gov Carcieri knew this group was a bunch of hacks back then. No surprises here, just pure disgust.

Posted by: kathy at August 6, 2009 10:35 PM
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