Clarkstown Town Council candidate Aney Paul has failed to make all five campaign finance filings required by New York State Election Law.
There is a political committee listed with the New York State Board of Elections - Friends of Aney Paul. Aney Paul is listed as the committee’s treasure. The committee address is Ms Paul’s home address.
Candidate Paul was seen campaigning in June, handing out literature and signs. The mid-year report due July 15, 2009 would have shown from whom she received funding and how she spent it in furtherance of her campaign, including printing the literature and printing the signs. Ms Paul did not file that report.
Paul was involved in 2 primary elections, one for the Democratic Party line and as well as an opportunity to ballot ( a hijack attempt ), organized by some of her faction. Three campaign finance reports are required for a primary election.
The first due was the 32 day pre-primary report, due August 14th. This report would have covered the period from July through mid-August. Candidate Paul held a fundraiser on August 6th, 2009.
From her Facebook page –
ANEY PAUL FUNDRAISER!!!
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Wm. E. DeBevoise, Jr. American Legion Post 1682
65 American Legion Way
New City, NY 10956
Time: 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Donation: Single ……… $99.00
Couples ……. $175.00
Gold ………… $500.00
RSVP: Aney Paul
37 Etna Place, Nanuet, NY 10954
The proceeds from this fundraiser should have reported on the 32 day pre-primary report. Candidate Paul has not filed this report, now 6 weeks overdue.
The next report mandated by campaign finance regulations is the 12 day pre-primary filing, which this year fell due on September 4th. Again candidate / treasurer Paul failed to file this report.
September 24th was the filing date for the 10 day post-primary report . Again Ms Paul was delinquent.
The 32 day pre-general election report was due on October 2, 2009. No report has been filed as of this writing.
Altogether, in the 4 months of her campaign, Ms Paul, acting as treasurer of her own campaign committee, has neglected to file 5 separate campaign finance statements.
Campaign finance regulations are put in place to ensure that voters and residents can see what interests are financing political campaigns.
There are any number of reasons why Aney Paul has ignored the campaign finance requirements: ignorance, contempt, incompetence, disorganization or a desire to conceal her funding sources. None of the likely reasons are indicative of a trustworthy candidate or politicians.