The Kansas attorney general's office is investigating a report that the treasurer of the Douglas County Republican Party has failed to meet three deadlines for filing campaign financial reports over the past six months.
Mary Horsch, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said today that officials will decide by early next week whether to file charges against Phil Bradley, treasurer for the county Republican organization.
Horsch said an attorney on the staff had been attempting to contact Bradley after the office received a report from the Kansas Public Disclosure Commission that Bradley had failed to file campaign finance reports since July.
A SPOKESWOMAN in the disclosure commission office said Bradley failed to file campaign finance reports due in July, October and January.
She said the commission sent certified letters to Bradley reminding him of the need to file the reports in August and October. The letters were accepted, but Bradley still failed to file campaign finance reports, the spokeswoman said.
Dennis Prater, attorney for the disclosure commission, said the commission also held a hearing concerning Bradley's failure to file campaign finance reports.
Prater said the commission concluded that the failure to file was intentional, and information was sent to the attorney general's office.
Horsch said failure to file is a class A misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of $2,500 and/or a year in jail.
Attempts to reach Bradley this morning were unsuccessful.
REP. SANDY Praeger, R-Lawrence, Douglas County Republican vice chairwoman, said Chris Miller, the county chairman, has been trying to contact Bradley since finding out that Bradley had failed to make the necessary financial disclosure reports, but was unsuccessful.
Miller was unavailable for comment.
Praeger said Bradley also has failed to attend recent meetings of the central committee.
"It's very disappointing," Praeger said. "I don't know if he's had too much to do. I don't know what the reason is."
Praeger also said that although Miller and other party members have tried to work with Bradley, making the financial disclosure reports is Bradley's responsiblity.
Louise Silber, chairman of the Democratic Party in Douglas County, said financial disclosure regulations are not difficult to follow.
"It's a housekeeping matter, but it's important for people to know where the money comes from for support of the local party," she said.
The Douglas County Republican Central Committee agreed to pay a $1,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for violations of federal election laws stemming from a 1988 fund-raiser.