The one causing us the most concern was that, according to documents on file with the state board of elections, AJ Daoud owes $10,0000 and is barred by state law from seeking public office until the fine is paid. Here is the brief defense AJ offered us in a comment on our site:
[…F]ine was for late filing on inactive account that BOE said don’t worry about it.[…]
Really? Seriously? They fired off a letter assessing the penalty, but couldn’t be bothered
to put “don’t worry about it” in writing? (We know AJ asked them to take that tactic.) I know I would want ”don’t worry about it” put in writing. (Especially if we’re talking about that kind of money and a government agency. )
And while we’re on the subject of his campaign report, what about his latest on file with the state board of elections? It shows a beginning balance of $2,262.36 and cash on hand (as of August) of $160. Most disturbing is the campaign’s “outstanding loans” balance (as of August 2015) of $119,758.59. That is one hell of a hole to dig out of.
Don’t get mad at me for asking these questions. If I don’t, Elaine Marshall and the drive-by media will be doing it during the general election.