Runner’s campaign: Ledford withheld info

first_imgPALMDALE – Assemblywoman Sharon Runner’s supporters criticized her election opponent, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, for not disclosing campaign contributions. Runner’s campaign staff also said formal complaints have been filed with the state Fair Political Practices Commission because he did not disclose his spouse’s income on an state economic interest statement. “The public wants campaign disclosure, not a continued pattern of shielding his assets and the deceitfulness that is clear in his reports,” Victor Valley Republican Assembly President Mark Kirk said in a statement released by Runner’s campaign staff. Runner’s campaign staff said a 1997 state law requires candidates to file online or electronically all of their contributions in excess of $50,000. They said they believed Ledford passed that limit, based on his spending on campaign mailers and radio advertising. “I made a mistake,” he said. Ledford said Runner’s criticism of him for not disclosing his spouse’s income and his campaign contributions was weak. “Where’s the beef. Is that the best she can come up with?” Ledford said. He challenged Runner to make public her income tax returns, and said he would be willing to do so if she does. “If she wants real disclosure, let’s disclose,” he said. [email protected] (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLedford, who has criticized Runner for taking contributions from gambling, alcohol and tobacco interests, said he didn’t reach the $50,000 threshold to require electronic filings until Thursday. His accountant is preparing a list of past contributions of $1,000 or more, which Ledford said included donations from Rancho Vista developer R. Gregg Anderson, the Lexus of Valencia dealership and the California Teachers Association. Ledford said he will file a full campaign report of all contributions above $99 by the May 25 deadline. Ledford said he did not know he was required to report his community-property half of the income made by his wife, Rachelle, who is a waitress at Acton’s Vincent Hill restaurant. Ledford said he has sent in a corrected form, showing the income was less than $50,000. last_img

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