A source that I cannot name lest Bill Simon throw lamps and telephones at him or her has forwarded a snippet from the complaint against Reed. The two allegations forwarded are more substantive than the speculated one tied into Charles Walker mentioned below, which again is mostly just my speculation from looking at some exhibits.
So, here is what we have. Allegation #3 accusing Ralph’s campaign on its own or with the collusion of Lou Sobh Automotive of doing an end run around the $5000.00 limit on contributions. Reed’s campaign leased a truck for $601.50 a month, but in the final month of 2005, the payment was $180.00, and, despite having millions on hand, several payments were deferred.
Lowering the payments had the effect of keeping the lease payment, which was listed as a contribution, not actually as an expenditure, under $5000.00.
Allegation 4 notes that the Reed campaign collected $47,000.00 in contributions designated for a primary runoff, because there are only two people in the race there will be no runoff, and there has been nothing to indicate the money has been returned. Now, on this one, the Reed campaign must return the money or get authorization for a redesignation, which I don’t think they can actually do because these contributors have already maxed out in both the primary and general. But, since qualifying happened after the disclosure period, I’m pretty sure the campaign can wait and show the returns on the next disclosure statement.
Nonetheless, there is $47,000.00 that can’t be touched.
[UPDATE] Several emailers have pointed out that Lou Sobh is a businessman in Gwinnett County of hispanic descent who publicly denounced the immigration bill signed by Governor Perdue. I’m also told, but have not verified, that Mr. Sobh was also highly critical of State Senator Chip Rogers.