Porter County councilman files amended campaign finance forms
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent March 26, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: April 28, 2013 6:32AM
Porter County Councilman Jim Biggs, R-1st District, has filed amended campaign finance forms that appear to correct deficiencies first noted in the Post-Tribune earlier this month.
He filed the forms with the county’s voter registration office for his unsuccessful primary bid last year for commissioner, when he lost to incumbent John Evans, R-North.
Biggs, who did not return calls seeking comment, included in the amended reports, which were filed Friday, an in-kind donation from Golden Technologies Inc., for his campaign website, for $7,150. He also added in-kind donations for food, drinks and room rental for a March 2012 fundraiser in Portage, which totaled $1,310.52.
All the in-kind donations are listed as both campaign contributions and expenditures.
The amended end-of-year report also states that the campaign raised a total of $19,046.32, as opposed to the $5,914.51 that was listed on the original form. The original end-of-year report erroneously did not include totals from before the primary, or the aforementioned in-kind donations, among other items.
Those were among just some of the concerns brought up by the Post-Tribune and, in the days that followed, in an unsigned letter sent to the members of the county’s election board, the media, the county prosecutor, the Indiana Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney.
Members of the county’s election board said last week the matter will be discussed at their April meeting, though they were concerned that the problems were brought up in an unsigned letter.
Biggs told the Post-Tribune during interviews on March 13 and 14 that any omissions or errors were unintentional, and he and his campaign treasurer, Gloria Reed, who served as treasurer for several of his campaigns, filled out his final campaign finance report in a hurry because he had been out of town and had to get it in when he returned.
He said at the time that he didn’t list the website as an in-kind donation because he hadn’t had a campaign website before and it didn’t occur to him.
Biggs also offered then to correct or amend his campaign finance reports as needed.