Since PACs are interested enough in the Senate 7 race to contribute to our candidates, I think maybe we should be interested in the PACs.
STA PAC contributed $10,000 to Republican Sam Givhan and $2,000 to Democrat Laura Hall, so this seems like a good PAC to examine.
STA PAC, of 1751 Indian Creek Parkway Birmingham AL, is run by “Rudolph Davidson”.
STA PAC filed their most recent “Annual 01-31-2009″ report with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office on January 5, 2009. Each Report can have five sections: Form 1 Summary, Form 2 Contributions, Form 3 In-Kind, Form 4 Receipts from Other Sources, and Form 5 Expenditures.
Form 1 is a summary: it displays STA PACs Beginning Balance of $22,918 plus Form 2 Contributions of $76,149 plus Form 3 In-Kind of $0 plus Form 4 Other Sources of $0 minus Form 5 Expenditures of $80,250 equals Ending Balance of $18,817. The form is signed (Davidson) and notarized.
Form 2 provides itemized details of Contributions (greater than $100). STA PAC listed five individuals who contributed $500 each and “Drummon Co” for $9,500 for a total of $12,000.
Hmm. The contributions of $12,000 on Form 2 are not the same as the contributions of $76,149 on Form 1. I guess I don’t understand ‘political accounting’. Moving on.
Form 5 provides itemized details of Expenditures. STA PAC contributed $1,000 to Samford University on 11-23 for a total of $1,000.
Hmmmm. The Expenditures of $1,000 on Form 5 are not the same as the Expenditures of $80,250 on Form 1. I guess I still don’t understand ‘political accounting’.
Maybe if we look at another report the numbers will be clearer. The next most recent STA PAC report is the “10-day 11-04-2008″ Report filed on 10-29-08, signed by Rudoph Davidson and notarized.
STA PACs Beginning Balance of $22,918 plus Form 2 Contributions of $64,149 plus Form 3 In-Kind of $0 plus Form 4 Other Sources of $0 minus Form 5 Expenditures of $79,250 equals Ending Balance of $7,817.
Form 2 Contributions included seven businesses, nine individuals, and one PAC – Ala for a Better Plan for $20,000. The Form 2 total is $33,000 which is not the same as $64,149 (more ‘political accounting’).
Form 5 Expenditures included the following: William Bell $6,500; Carol Smitherman $17,000; AL Senate Democratic Cacus $2,500; Jerry Bishop $500; New South Coalition $5,000; A PAC $1,500; Dabra Pastur $20,000; AL Democratic Party $8,000; Debra Paseur $5,000; JT Smallwood $2,500; Bill Thompson $3,000; AL Democrat Party $10,000. The Form 5 total is $79,250 which IS the same as the Form 1 $79,250 – now I’m just confused about ‘political accounting’.
Let’s look at one more report (next next most recent), the “Annual 01-31-2008″ Report, filed on 1-3-08, signed by Rudolph Davidson and notarized.
STA PACs Beginning Balance of $12,418 plus Form 2 Contributions of $82,500 plus Form 3 In-Kind of $0 plus Form 4 Other Sources of $0 minus Form 5 Expenditures of $72,000 equals Ending Balance of $22,918.
Form 2 Contributions lists one entry for “Drummons Co” for $18,500. More ‘political accounting’ – this is not the same as the $82,500 listed on Form 1.
There is no Form 5 Expenditures report available at the SOS website.
OK, I can’t help it, let’s look at ONE more report (I promise this will be the last one today). STA PACs “Annual 01-31-2007″ report shows the biggest money numbers, so it should be fun. The report is dated 1-30-07, signed by Rudolph Davidson and notarized.
STA PACs Beginning Balance of $60,400 plus Form 2 Contributions of $881,833 plus Form 3 In-Kind of $0 plus Form 4 Other Sources of $0 minus Form 5 Expenditures of $930,815 equals Ending Balance of $12,418.
Form 2 Contributions lists eleven individuals for $500 each and Max PAC for $5,000 for a total of $10,500. Hmmmmmm, that’s like $871,333 in unlisted contributions.
Form 5 Expenditures lists AL for a Better Plan $100,000; Sue Bell Cobb $5,000; FGA $5,000; Rudolph Davidson $1,000; AL for a Better Plan $100,000; Tom Parker $25,000; Sue Bell Cobb $5,000; FGA $5,000; Rudolph Davidson $1,000. The total is $247,000 which of course is not the same as $930,815.
I’m going to email this link to the SOS Office (Public Information Specialist Tamara Cofield) and ask if they can explain this ‘political accounting’ to me, plus maybe they will comment on the incomplete or missing information.
State of Alabama Office of the Secretary of State Elections Director Janice McDonald responded promptly to my query:
My specific questions are:
1. Why don’t Form 1 numbers match the associated Forms 2 and 5? In some reports, the difference is hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2. Form 5 Expenditures for STA PAC Annual 1-31-2008 report are missing. Do you have the report and can you post it to the SOS website?
The SOS Response:
The deadline for the 10/5 day report for the SD 7 race was last week. All reports filed have been scanned and are available on the website.
Our office is not required to audit reports. We are required by law to receive reports and make them available to the public. Usually, it will be the press who report on inconsistencies.
I checked the ’08 Annual Report for STA. There is no Form 5 on file. The Form 5 was not attached to the report.