What's Joe Lieberman hiding?
Why won't the Lieberman campaign allow reporters to inspect his records and check how the 387,000 is "petty cash" was used?
The Lieberman campaign is steadfastly refusing to allow reporters to inspect documents related to a $387,000 disbursement of petty cash before the primary election. By law, the campaign is required to keep a petty cash journal.Joe Lieberman dished out 387,000 is cold hard cash 12 days before the primary. This was the same time the Liebergoons came out in force and disrupted various Lamont events.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, a campaign can make payments of under $100 through “petty cash” as the campaign said it did with “volunteers” in the field during the days leading up to the primary, paying them between $50 and $100 a day.
Lamontblog breaks down the ever-growing mystery behind Lieberman's cash so I don't have to.
First, Lieberman spokeswoman Tammy Sun said she wasn't there when it happened:What's going on here? 387,000 in COLD HARD CASH was passed around like a snack tray 12 days before the primary and Lieberman's campaign is refusing to show what happened to the money?Lieberman spokeswoman Tammy Sun said she wasn't with the campaign at the time of the primary, but her understanding is that there was a staffer in charge of keeping track of petty cash. (NH Register, 10/22)
Then she promised she'd produce the journal detailing petty cash expenditures - one that is required by FEC law:She said the money was used to cover salaries, food, lodging and transportation for hundreds who were hired to do statewide canvassing. The daily rates ranged from $60 to $75 to $100 for the work, Sun said. She said she would attempt to find the petty cash report by Monday. (NH Register, 10/22)
Then she was "unable to say" why the young workers who assumedly got all this cash weren't listed by name and salary in the FEC report, while their lodging and transportation was:Sun was unable to say Saturday why the workers, some of whom appeared to have stayed for days or weeks in dormitories at the expense of the Lieberman campaign, were not listed by name and salary. (Courant, 10/22)
Then she hid behind the campaign's lawyer:"The fact is, our attorney has assured us that the petty cash expenditures and the rest of our FEC report is in full compliance with the law's disclosure requirements just as every campaign Joe Lieberman has run for the last 18 years has been." (AP, 10/23)
Then she reversed herself, said the cash was not used to pay workers, but to pay field coordinators who then threw the cash around to kids:Lieberman's campaign spokeswoman, Tammy Sun, said today the cash was paid to field coordinators who then distributed the money to workers who canvassed for the three-term incumbent, who's running as an independent candidate after his primary loss to Lamont in August. (Journal-Inquirer, 10/24)
Then she reversed herself, and told reporters they couldn't see the petty cash journal:Sun declined Monday to allow reporters to examine the campaign's petty cash journal. (Courant, 10/24)
Now, despite promising reporters she would produce records of how almost $400,000 in cash was spent and then suddenly telling reporters they couldn't look at them, and despite still being "unable to say" why the slush fund even existed in the first place, she's calling the whole thing a "kooky conspiracy theory":"We are in full compliance with the FEC's disclosure requirements, have done nothing wrong, and there’s not a shred of evidence to suggest otherwise. We will not be going beyond the law to release the journal simply because Ned Lamont has some kooky conspiracy theory." (NH Register, 10/24)
It's simple...sign the petition. Join the over 2,500 voters who co-signed the camplaint and are demanding answers.