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Valley hopeful hasn’t filed finance data

 (The Spokesman-Review)
Crosby (The Spokesman-Review)

Nearly two months after announcing his candidacy for a spot on the Spokane Valley City Council, David Crosby has yet to report the details of his fundraising or campaign spending, as required by law.

The Spokane Homebuilders and the Realtors PAC each gave him $1,000 in July according to reports filed by those organizations, but the Crosby campaign hasn’t reported receiving either of them to the Public Disclosure Commission.

“I’ve been having trouble with the PDC Web site,” Crosby said.

In addition to problems filing electronic reports, Crosby said he was in Kimberly, B.C., from July 25 until Monday.

He said he had no reason to conceal the donations from the PDC, which makes the information available to the public, and that he is working on filing the reports.

“I want the public to know about the donations,” he said.

With the two large donations and smaller contributions, his campaign has been able to spend between $2,300 and $2,400 so far, Crosby said. Most of that has gone toward campaign signs.

Although the PDC has the authority to fine politicians who violate the rules, it usually works with first-time candidates instead to make sure they are aware of the rules, said commission spokeswoman Lori Anderson.

Crosby’s opponents Rose Dempsey and Joseph Edwards chose the “mini-reporting” option when they filed their candidacies with the PDC, which excuses them from filing as many financial reports.

In turn, they agreed not to accept more than $300 from any one source or spend more than $3,500 total over the course of their campaigns.

A summary report of Crosby’s campaign finances should have been postmarked Tuesday, but had not been received by the PDC or the Spokane County auditor’s office as of Wednesday, elections officials said.

The campaign reports aren’t the first mandatory government paperwork Crosby has failed to submit on time.

Although the debts have been resolved, he was repeatedly reprimanded for failing to pay $8,700 in state taxes owed from six different tax years since 1999.

At one point the IRS also pursued Crosby for $22,000 in federal taxes owed from 1999 through 2002, according to court and property records.