We’ve received numerous reports to the tipline over the past couple of days about the computers crashing at the Commission formerly known as
Prince Ethics. The State Campaign Finance Transparency Commission continues to be understaffed and their technology is overloaded. They quite literally can’t perform their most basic mission, which is to receive and post campaign disclosures.
This becomes a problem for determining who is in compliance, and who is actually late in filing. I have numerous anecdotes from people who haven’t been able to file on time because of the overloaded systems. Some report getting fines easily waived, others say they continue to struggle.
The “ethics reform” that was passed by the 2010 legislature put a lot of additional burden on the commission. Then, their budget was cut. After that nasty issue of subpoenas went away, some of their funding was restored.
The fact remains that they still can’t perform their basic mission with the resources they have. How, then, can we count on them to go above receiving and posting disclosures and actually investigate and/or audit?
Meanwhile, if you’ve had issues posting your reports, feel free to share your story below.