Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Kelty Charge? (Updated)

Rumor has it that Kelty may be facing a new charge with regards to his failure to file the proper paperwork related to a $1000 contribution from blogger Dan Turkette. Readers may remember that this violation was originally discovered and reported right here at FWL. I'll keep you posted...

UPDATE: There's no new charges but there will be an Election Board hearing on the matter this Friday according to a report from Indiana NewsCenter. Needless to say Election Board member Therese Brown did not sound very happy with the Kelty campaign. The report mentions that the board is going to determine whether it was a failure to file a report or a "late" filing. I've already weighed in on this before and I think calling this a late filing is a joke. He filed it five and a half months late and only after I reported it was missing.

UPDATE2: More from the JG. Lanka reports that the Election Board will at least try to define parameters that will distinguish a failure to file from a late filing. As Knuth mentioned in the comments the law doesn't do that, so the board is taking a step in the right direction by trying to clarify this for future filings...

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Jeff,

As I have said before- the problem is that the LAW does not define "late" or "failure to file".

I expect a small fine, and perhaps better guidelines from the election board for future reports from all candidates.

ROACH said...

why the kelty cruise should matter to us and the grand jury:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/16/us/16gibbons.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

google jim gibbons and e-treppid
this matter is under indictment, and investigation, and relates to money paid off during a caribbean cruise, in which hanky-panky of a GOP kind went on

note especially this excerpt:
The Justice Department declined formal comment, but some officials who had been briefed on the investigation said that a preliminary corruption inquiry had been opened. They cautioned that no charges had been filed, and said that such investigations took time and often concluded without any prosecution. The federal investigation was first reported, on Thursday, by The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal report said the newspaper had obtained previously unreported e-mail messages that had surfaced in a civil lawsuit in Reno. The paper cited one message in which Mr. Trepp appeared to discuss a payment to Mr. Gibbons.
“Please don’t forget to bring the money you promised Jim and Dawn,” Mr. Trepp’s wife, Jale, wrote in the e-mail message to her husband on March 22, 2005, a few days before the Trepps left for a Caribbean cruise with Mr. Gibbons and his wife, Dawn, a former Nevada assemblywoman.
Minutes later, Mr. Trepp replied, according to The Journal: “Don’t you ever send this kind of message to me! Erase this message from your computer right now!”
Mr. Gibbons, who was in Congress at the time, did not disclose the trip, which included travel aboard Mr. Trepp’s leased private jet.
He said later that the trip had not violated ethics rules, but in November, he asked the House ethics committee for an opinion on whether he should have reported it. He left the House before any action was taken.

strange things happen in the bermuda triangle, it seems- ships and planes vanish, and money and influence suddenly materialize out of thin air.
what happens in international waters outside US DOJ jurisdiction seems to stay there, much like the much noted Las Vegas Motto.

I would look for the Kelty Campaign to suddenly return with a boat load of money . we shall "sea"...
If I was Dan Sigler, I would be watching this matter VEEERRRY closely. We are dealing with an order of magnitude of hanky panky, above and beyond the usual hoosier political shenanigans, a very sophisticated possible conspiracy of the highest order.
dig deep enough, and theres no telling what we may find.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/16/us/16gibbons.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Phil Marx said...

Criminal #1: Hello, this is Mr X.

Criminal #2: Hey, it's Mr. Y. Is it OK to talk about our criminal activities here, or do you think they got the phones bugged?

Criminal #1: Uuuuuuuuuh! Click.