Mayor in trouble for campaign contributions?

2014-01-04T23:16:00Z 2014-01-05T09:59:07Z Mayor in trouble for campaign contributions?Times Staff nwitimes.com
January 04, 2014 11:16 pm  • 

Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg could face criminal prosecution or be kept off the 2015 ballot due to a host of infractions stemming from campaign contribution reporting, according to an investigation by the Better Government Association.

The investigation revealed Kellogg has not filed a legally-required campaign disclosure statement detailing contributions over $150 -- as well as how the funds are being spent -- since 2010. The Illinois State Board of Elections fined Kellogg a total of $5,000 for the lack of reporting, which state officials said has not been paid.

"We've probably given him too much leeway, but we will take action," Jesse Smart, chairman of the Illinois State Elections Board, told the BGA.

Smart said he plans to refer the matter to the Cook County state's attorneys office for possible criminal prosecution. Kellogg could also be kept off the 2015 ballot if he does not pay up, Sharon Steward, director of campaign disclosure for the board, told the BGA.

Campaign contributors told the BGA that Kellogg failed to report some campaign contributions from fund-raising golf outings at Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood in September and in July 2010. The contributors said their own bank statements show their checks have been cashed.

Records obtained by the BGA from the village of Glenwood, which operates Glenwoodie, showed the Kellogg campaign paid $3,124 for greens fees, golf cards and meals for the 2010 event, with 56 people playing golf and 60 eating dinner.

Glenwoodie collected $3,779 from the Kellogg campaign for the September golf outing and dinner buffet, the BGA found.

Kellogg declined an interview request by the BGA. A Kellogg spokesman told the BGA the mayor has never been directly involved in accounting matters regarding his campaign funds, even though he is listed as the fund's chairman.

A Kellogg niece is listed as the campaign treasurer, according to the report.

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