The big news coming out of attorney general hopeful Karl Racine‘s finance reports last week was his personal investment of another $225,000 in the race. But rival Edward “Smitty” Smith noticed something different: a majority of Racine’s contributors don’t have an occupation or place of business listed.
In Racine’s report, the campaign left both fields blank for 70 percent of his donors. By comparison, only 1 percent of Smitty’s donors don’t have an occupation listed, and the campaign writes in the space that they’ve asked for the information. Now Smitty, in a document embedded below, wants the Office of Campaign Finance to investigate the missing data.
Campaign disclosures errors are far from unheard of in District politics. Attorney general hopeful Lateefah Williams amended her own forms this week after filing incorrect bank account totals. But Smitty’s campaign thinks the Racine errors were in fact “intentionally and illegally omitted.” “Karl Racine preaches ethics and transparency, yet he intentionally and illegally scrubbed employer and occupation information from his latest finance report,” Smitty campaign manager John Rodriguez said in a statement to LL.
But maybe no investigation is necessary. In a statement, Racine campaign consultant Sean Rankin blamed the missing fields on a botched fundraising database transfer and says they’ll amend the report.
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