Candidate Didn’t Disclose Enough on First Disclosure

Republican congressional candidate Ron Bhalla, a Chattanooga businessman running in the 3rd District, appears to be in violation of federal campaign finance law, reports Chris Carroll. He calls it an innocent mistake.
On April 14, Bhalla submitted his first campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission.
Late Friday, Bhalla’s 11-page report included just one expenditure — a $14,145 lump-sum disbursement to himself without any additional information. Federal Election Commission regulations require candidates to provide “a brief but specific description” of every campaign expenditure.
…Campaign treasurer and Hixson accountant Bob Palmer said Bhalla filed the report himself.
“I don’t know anything about this,” Palmer said. “I thought he’d start giving me some things to keep track of, but I haven’t seen him.”
Bhalla promised to itemize his expenses this week.
“I was totally unaware of this,” he said.
FEC spokesman Christian Hilland declined to comment on Bhalla’s case, citing agency policy. But he said the commission’s reports analysis division looks into “issues of potential noncompliance.”

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