Porter County councilman faces more campaign finance questions
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 17, 2013 5:34PM
Jim Biggs. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:40AM
VALPARAISO — Members of the Porter County Election Board and local media, among others, have received a second anonymous letter alleging irregularities in the campaign finance reports filed by Porter County Councilman Jim Biggs.
The letter claims Biggs, R-1st District, did not correct all of the errors in the amended reports he filed for his unsuccessful primary run last year for North District commissioner. Those errors include not filing a statement of organization for his campaign or listing a Facebook advertising expense, among other errors.
Biggs filed amended reports last month after a Post-Tribune article and a first anonymous letter detailed a host of irregularities, including not including an in-kind donation of a campaign website or a fundraising dinner.
Members of the Election Board will discuss the campaign finance reports at their meeting this week, at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the commissioners’ chambers in the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave.
Election Board members have said they were concerned because the complaint was unsigned, but the issues raised in the first letter were serious enough to merit discussion.
Patrick Lyp, chairman of the Election Board, had no additional comment on the second letter, which members received Tuesday and Wednesday.
Biggs has told the Post-Tribune that if anything was missing on the reports, he would be more than happy to add those items. He also admitted items may have been omitted from the reports, and mistakes may have been made while he and his treasurer, Gloria Reed, filled them out.
He will not attend the Election Board meeting.
“I’m not going to play to these letters. I can tell they’re viciously written and meant to harm. I have nothing to say,” he said Wednesday.
The most recent letter also notes that while Biggs amended his reports to include an in-kind donation of $7,150 for a campaign website from Golden Technologies, that is above the $2,000 limit for corporate or organized labor donations to a campaign, as set by state statute.
Members of the Election Board, as well as the county prosecutor, the Indiana attorney general, the U.S. attorney and the media, received the letters, which also contained a list of Indiana Code violations that may have occurred because of how the forms were filled out.