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Complaint filed against campaign to re-elect sheriff

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on November 1, 2016 6:22PM

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

A finance complaint has been filed against people campaigning to re-elect Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

In the complaint received by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office Oct. 13, Kimberly resident James Kelly states an active campaign in support of Palmer has been operating in the county “for many months,” but no committee is registered with the state.

“There have been no contribution/expense activity reported despite a campaign that has lawn signs and large signs posted throughout the county,” Kelly said in the complaint. “Two full-page ads have run in the local paper paid for by ‘Citizens of Grant County and Beyond in Full Support of Sheriff Palmer’ ... At the present time, there is no such PAC registered with ORESTAR.”

According to ORESTAR, the Oregon Elections System for Tracking and Reporting, only one committee was registered as of Monday in the Grant County sheriff race: Todd McKinley for Sheriff. That committee, created June 21, has reported $10,101.35 in contributions, including $500 from Kelly, and $7,483.98 in expenditures as of Monday.

Kelly filed a similar complaint against the Committee to Recall Boyd Britton Aug. 5.

Secretary of State Communications Director Molly Woon said in an email both complaints are still being investigated.

Palmer was the treasurer of the Re-Elect Glenn E. Palmer for Grant County Sheriff committee, which was created in 2008, but the committee was discontinued in 2012, according to ORESTAR.

The Glenn E. Palmer Legal Expense Trust Fund has been reporting contributions and expenditures as required. The fund, approved by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission April 12, was created after the state Department of Justice opened an investigation into allegations against Palmer, which is ongoing.

Trustee Jodie L. Fleck submitted an amended quarterly statement Aug. 15 for the second quarter, from April through June, correcting two errors. Fleck said in the statement a $100 donation from a fictional character, John Galt, should not have been included in the original statement as it constituted an anonymous donation. The original statement also inadvertently failed to aggregate donations from Bradley Miller, she said.

The amended second-quarter statement shows a total of $20,450.15 in donations, including the Galt donation, and $5,268.93 in expenses.

Submitted by Fleck Oct. 11, the third-quarter statement, from July through September, shows $1,569 in donations and $390.59 in expenses, including the $100 Galt donation that was donated by the trust to Grant County CASA, which can accept anonymous donations.


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