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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blue Hog: Rapert finance report doesn't mention UCA fund-raiser

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

click to enlarge THEY PLAYED, PEOPLE PAID BUT RAPERT DIDN'T REPORT: Campaign reporting by Jason Rapert doesn't include his recent fund-raiser at UCA.
  • THEY PLAYED, PEOPLE PAID BUT RAPERT DIDN'T REPORT: Campaign reporting by Jason Rapert doesn't include his recent fund-raiser at UCA.

Blue Hog Report says
Sen. Jason Rapert's latest campaign finance report doesn't include expenses or revenue from the "Family, Faith and Freedom" show at UCA last week featuring Ricky Skaggs and representatives of the hate group, Family Research Council. And that's only the beginning of questionable ethics practices.

Blue Hog has the same UCA contract I have that shows the campaign spent $1,780 to hire the hall. He also has a partial report on ticket sales at the event. UCA told Blue Hog that 334 tickets were sold and perhaps 380 were in attendance, counting other Republican lights glomming onto the spotlight.

The simple lack of details is an obvious flaw for the 10-day pre-election report, since the event occurred during the reporting period.

Blue Hog goes deeper into another candidate (like Leslie Rutledge) who seems to have obliterated the presumed line between campaigns and groups that spend independently. This WAS a campaign event. What did the dark money Family Research Council contribute? Did Skaggs make an in-kind donations? Did someone else pay him? He normally commands big dollars for concerts. Blue Hog, too, notes that campaign contributions were passed through UCA so there was no reporting of money paid individually in excess of $50, the reporting threshold. That's a problem.

Rules are not Rapert's thing. He answers to a higher power.


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