Shelby Democrats avoid fine for most recent late filing of financial disclosure

A state board voted Wednesday to take no action against the Shelby County Democratic Party for the late filing of its financial disclosure report that was due just before the Nov. 4. general election, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Repeated late filings of state-mandated reports led the county party’s executive committee to conduct an independent audit of the party’s finances, and the auditors’ findings of “a lack of financial control” led former county Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson to resign during a contentious closed meeting of the executive committee Feb. 21.

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance board had previously fined the county party $1,500 — three fines of $500 each for the late filings of three earlier reports due in 2013 and 2014. The board could have done the same for the pre-general financial disclosure that was filed late but voted unanimously to take no action after interim Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Cambron and his wife, Diane Cambron, one of the two auditors who conducted the financial review, presented their findings during Wednesday’s meeting in Nashville.

They told the board they hope to complete work on straightening out the party’s finances within the next couple of weeks, and will work with the Registry’s staff to correct errors and inadequacies in the financial reports.

Carson also attended the meeting but did not speak. “I don’t have anything to say. I was just here to observe,” he told the board.