Investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office have found apparent discrepancies in a complaint filed by the Democratic Committee against the Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough, sources familiar with the investigation tell the Beaver Countian.
The Economy Borough Democratic Committee and the Beaver County Democratic Committee filed a formal complaint against the Bipartisan Committee for a Better Economy Borough last September, alleging criminal violations of Pennsylvania’s election laws. The Democratic Committees alleged that the Bipartisan group grossly underreported its donations and expenditures in campaign finance reports filed with the county.
After the Bipartisan Committee subsequently declined to provide copies of receipts requested by the Beaver County Bureau of Elections, the complaint was forwarded to District Attorney Anthony Berosh who then referred the case to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
Now sources tell the Beaver Countian that the Attorney General’s Office may be preparing to shutter their investigation into the matter, determining there are significant inaccuracies in the most serious allegations lodged against the Bipartisan Committee.
The Democratic Committees alleged that on two occasions the Bipartisan Committee sent political mailers to 5,602 residents of Economy Borough at a cost of $2,128.76 in one instance and $1,848.66 in another. But sources say AG Investigators have found that the group only sent out 1,600 mailers at less than half the costs alleged in the complaint.
Sources say the Attorney General’s Office has requested more information from Mayor David Poling, Chairman of the Economy Borough Democratic Committee, to substantiate the allegations made against the Bipartisan Committee. Those sources say if the Democratic Committees are unable to provide any additional evidence to bolster their claims the investigation will likely be terminated.
Richard Lapinski, Treasurer of the Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough, has maintained that his group committed no wrongdoings in the election.