Ethics Complaint Filed Against Triebsch in Senate District 32 Race

A confidential source has provided us with a copy of an ethics complaint filed against Christine Triebsch, Democratic candidate in the special election runoff for State Senate District 32. Triebsch faces Republican Kay Kirkpatrick next Tuesday, May 16th. The former seat holder, Judson Hill, resigned to become a candidate in the GA-6 special election.

The ethics complaint states that Triebsch failed to report any expenditures or in-kind contributions on her March 31st campaign disclosure filing despite paying qualifying fees, registering her campaign’s domain name, and the procurement and display of campaign materials (shirts, yard signs, buttons, and fliers) prior to March 31. The yard signs are marked “Paid for by the Committee to Elect Christine Triebsch.” Her website domain, www.christineforga.com, was registered on February 26, 2017.

The complaint further states that (the Rule cited in the complaint was the incorrect one. It has been corrected below):

“If the expenses were deferred in accordance with Rule 189-3-.03, then, ‘an explanatory note so stating shall be prominently set forth on the report. All extensions or advancements of credit are subject to contribution limits except as otherwise provided in O.C.G.A. §§ 21-5-41 and 21-5-42.’

The Filing showed no extensions or advancements of credit to cover the expenditures.”

A copy of the ethics complaint and Triebsch’s March 31st filing can be seen after the break.

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xdog
xdog

I guess this means Triebsch is winning.

Also, if it’s me and I hope my Formal Ethics Complaint gets traction, I proofread it before I issue this mess: “. . . the Candidate failed to disclosure any expenditures falsely reported no expenditures had been made on behalf of the campaign . . .”

Antparty
Antparty

I’m no lawyer, but it seems like a note detailing expenses was left off. Funny that a campaign with 10 times its opponents budget is resorting to this to win. What’s promising is that the Triebsch campaign has run a completely positive campaign.

Profit
Profit

Probably just piling on. She had to file expenditures. She didn’t file expenditures. She clearly had expenditures. I guess some people think someone has to be winning to be called onto the carpet for not doing the right thing…unless they are a Republican, then filing ethics complaints have NOTHING to do with politics.

augusta52
augusta52

The 39 percent (combined) that Democrats won in this State Senate special 3 weeks ago is close to the 40 percent Clinton got in the district last November and the 41 percent Ossoff took in the parts of SD 32 that overlap with CD 6. All three percentages mentioned in the preceding line are well above what Obama got in the Senate district in 2012 (31 percent) or what Michelle Nunn took in 2014 in her US Senate bid against David Perdue (32 percent), but still well short of a majority. Thus, it would be considered an upset for the… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

This is not Nam. There are rules.

She didn’t follow the rules.

xdog
xdog

I’m all for nailing rules-breakers but aren’t you assuming the guilt? I’m not a lawyer but not a partisan either, more of a devil’s advocate.

The complaint shows pictures of T-shirts, signs, and stickers and claims there are no corresponding expense entries. The argument that a shirt must be properly expensed prior to wearing seems a little weak to me.

As I posted yesterday I start out biased against any complaint written in garbled English. If Kirkpatrick’s people aren’t native English speakers she should find some to file her complaints for her.

drjay
drjay

i will say this about these filings without have read either the complaint or her report, unless the filing people for the state have gotten way better in the past few years–they are awful. i’m pretty sure i still have a fine that was levied against me when i ran for school board because i ended up in the system twice, and even though i spent a lot of time trying to fix it, it never was, so the second entry kept getting dinged for not filing a report. again i nothing nothing about this case at all, but i… Read more »