Ethics Watchdog Calls for Federal Probe of Aftab Pureval for Egregious Misuse of Campaign Funds
FACT Says Hamilton (OH) County Clerk of Courts
Illegally Used His County Campaign Fund on His Congressional Race
(Washington, D.C.) – October 1, 2018 –The non-partisan ethics watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), has asked the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to investigate Hamilton (Ohio) County Clerk of Courts, Aftab Pureval, for illegally and deliberately using money from his county campaign account to fund his congressional campaign. The complaint also details how Pureval tried to purposely cover-up these actions.
Pureval, who is the Democratic candidate in Ohio’s First Congressional District, spent over $21,000 from his county campaign fund on expenses related to his congressional race. Those expenses include campaign software, media and consulting services as well as a poll. In fact, the poll was entitled “Polling in OH-1 Shows Opportunity for Aftab Pureval” and didn’t include one question about his next county race, which isn’t until 2020.
When it comes to the spending and reporting requirements of federal and non-federal campaign funds, the Federal Election Campaign Act is very clear. “Federal law prohibits federal candidates from soliciting, receiving, directing, transferring, or spending funds in connection with an election for Federal office unless the funds are subject to the limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements of the Act.” Additionally, the complaint cites that “funds raised for a county race are not subject to federal contribution limitations or federal reporting requirements for all contributions and expenditures, and these ‘non-federal’ funds cannot be used for a federal election.”
“The facts clearly show Mr. Pureval used money from his county campaign for his congressional race and blatantly tried to cover it up by hiding the purpose of these campaign expenditures, which is illegal,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “By saying that the purpose of the poll was to determine whether to run for Congress or re-election to his county post in 2020, defies all common sense and he should face the consequences.”
“This deceitful behavior has no place in our elections, which is why we are calling for an immediate investigation,” Arnold added.
FACT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. For more on FACT, visit: http://www.factdc.org/.