The tipline alerted us to this story in the Marietta Daily Journal. Apparently Judson Hill is the subject of an ethics complaint for not fully disclosing campaign expenditures. Hill paid some expenditures himself, then reimbursed himself as the disclosed item, without breaking out the actual expenditures. Sounds dull, right? Until he explains what happened to the back up documentation:
The document also notes that the loans, one of which was reportedly made in 2008 but not reported on Hill’s finance documents until 2009, were for specific amounts, such as $3,767.23, “obviously revealing that they were payments for specific goods or services rather than true loans to the campaign.”
Knighton accuses Hill of covering up the nature of his expenses and concludes: “If this practice is allowed, candidates could simply loan themselves the money needed to finance their campaigns and report all expenditures as ‘loan reimbursements.’” He wants the ethics commission to order Hill to produce receipts for the expenses and amend his reports to detail the expenses.
WSB-TV reported this week that Hill told them his basement, where his receipts and files are kept, flooded the day after Channel 2 asked for them.
Senator Hill, failing to be original, blames the ethics charge on a political witch hunt and lib’ral media:
Hill responded to our call for comment with this e-mail: “This is nothing more than a typical political smear tactic: file an unfounded complaint at the beginning of election season and then race to the media with it in the hopes that they’ll report it.”
“It is, of course, quite common and perfectly legitimate for a part-time legislator to use his personal car to drive to campaign events and to pay for campaign expenses such as meals, parking, taxis, etc.,” Hill wrote. “Over the many years that I have been serving the people of my district, I have driven many thousands of miles and paid out-of-pocket many small expenses related to my campaign. Like many people, I keep records of my car mileage and expenses then periodically get reimbursed, or list them as a campaign loan.”
Continue reading the MJD story for his primary opponant Linda Coker’s side of the story. In the mean time, I can happily report that only Senator Hill’s records were damaged in the flood. His awesome and unique hair was apparently unharmed in the incident.