Charlevoix County Prosecutor settles campaign finance complaint
The Charlevoix County prosecutor has settled a complaint with a Boyne City resident about campaign contributions.
Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof said he entered into a conciliation agreement with the Bureau of Elections after the complaint was filed in Oct. 2013.
The Bureau of Elections investigated the complaint and the accompanying 15-page brief and found "there may be reason to believe" Telgenhof used the wrong form to report three of his contributions, did not list addresses for three contributors and did not show cumulative totals for two contributors. The Bureau rejected the other claims made in the complaint.
"The Michigan Bureau of Elections has determined that although I disclosed every penny contributed and every penny spent on my campaign, with respect to these contributions, I reported them using the wrong report," Telgenhof said.
"The contributions were listed on a post-primary campaign statement and should have been listed on a late contribution report," Telgenhof said. "I had no campaign treasurer and did my own record-keeping and reporting. I take full responsibility for these mistakes."
For the primary election of 2012, late contributions were defined as those received from July 23 through Aug. 4. Telgenhof said he received three contributions of $500 each on July 25. Rather than filing a late contribution report as required by the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, he disclosed these in a post-primary campaign finance report.
Telgenhof has agreed to pay a fee of $1,500, which is equal to the amount of the contributions that were incorrectly reported.
In the primary election, Telgenhof defeated incumbent John Jarema 3,279 votes to 1,538.