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Election board to review anonymous complaint

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The Porter County Election Board has decided it will discuss an unsigned letter which accuses County Council member Jim Biggs, R-1st of violating several state election laws in his campaign finance reports for last year when he ran as a candidate for North County Commissioner.

The board will meet this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, Room 205 of the Administration Building located at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

A letter dated March 14 was mailed along with copies of Biggs’ campaign reports to the board and also to area newspapers, the County Prosecutor’s office, and the Indiana Attorney General’s office. The individual or individuals lodging the complaint did not list their name anywhere in the letter or even on the mailed envelope.

According to letter, the various violations include failure to report a statement of organization, failure to file reports on a timely basis, and failure to report donations, expenditures and loans on a timely basis. Many of the issues raised center around Biggs’ campaign website.

On March 22, Biggs submitted an amended version of his report listing additional contributions and an in-kind donation from Golden Technologies for creating the website.

Following that was a second unsigned letter dated April 11 that made further complaints and accusations.

Board president Patrick Lyp said Biggs is welcome to explain his case to the election board.

The public is also welcome to give comments.

Also, the board will discuss poll watcher jobs for the Union Twp. school referendum.



Posted 4/18/2013