County Board Candidates Spar over Challenger's Disclosure Form
Silvestri, Scott, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Scott Silvestri Daily Herald Staff Writer
Al Westerman, incumbent in Lake county board District 7, contends his Republican primary challenger, Mark Ratfelders, is not being up front about disclosing his campaign finances.
But Ratfelders said Friday he's following the campaign disclosure law and has done nothing wrong.
It all started when Westerman called the Illinois State Board of Elections office after finding that Ratfelders had not filed a statement of organization with the Lake County Clerk's office.
The Illinois Campaign Financing Act requires all candidates who accept or spend more than $1,000 in a year to report their receipts and expenditures within 30 days of exceeding that threshold.
After Ratfelders caught wind of Westerman's inquiry he called a state board of elections official Thursday. Ratfelders said he expected to receive more checks pushing his campaign account over $1,000 and decided to file the statement of organization form.
Ratfelders said he has invoices for expenses exceeding $1,000, but has not written checks for those bills.
On the organization statement form, Ratfelders scribbled over the dollar amount where it asks how much the candidate has when the political committee was formed. Ratfelders put zero.
"That's what I was told to do by (a state board official)," he said.
The date the committee was created was changed from Feb. 4 to March 3 on the form. …