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Investigation Finds Election Law Violations in Orange Co.

May 22, 2008

The Commonwealth's Attorney Office in Orange County says an investigation into alleged election law violations by two Political Action Committees shows violations of state law did occur.

According to the investigation, expenditures authorized by the Orange County Taxpayers Alliance and the Orange County Citizens Committee were not reported to the Orange County Electoral Board.

Any independent expenditures made in support or opposition to a candidate for local office is required by law to be reported to the local electoral board.

The expenditures were made on behalf of candidates Zack Burkett and Steve Satterfield during their 2007 campaigns for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The Orange County Taxpayers Alliance also allegedly violated a regulation that requires all print advertising to identify if the ad is not authorized by the candidate identified in the ad. The Attorney's General office says two websites in opposition to Board of Supervisor candidates Teel Goodwin and Thomas Graves were registered and maintained by the Orange County Taxpayers Alliance but failed to display the necessary disclaimers.

Both PACs will be fined. The Commonwealth's Attorney office says it is prepared to file civil proceedings if the PACs fail to pay the fines.

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