With an apologetic letter and better math, Bob Macdonald on Thursday attempted once and for all to explain how he paid for his failed re-election bid.
The Kootenai County commissioner filed a third amended campaign disclosure report that both he and County Clerk Dan English said should lay the brief controversy to rest.
“It looks pretty thorough and it obviously got a lot more time and attention than the last one,” English said.
English said it will be a few days before he can say with certainty, but everything appears to be in order.
Macdonald, who lost a Republican primary in May to tax activist Ron Rankin, originally claimed to have spent $6,175 on his race.
After Rankin raised questions, Macdonald’s figures later were revised to $12,257 and then again to $15,000.
In a letter, Macdonald said Thursday he had been distracted by his loss and filed his expense report before being billed for all his expenses by campaign agents C&P Associates and Rasor and Associates. He made errors in adding and in one case transposed numbers on a contribution check.
Rankin also had suggested that C&P Associates, run by Debra Compton, was illegally reimbursed by anonymous donors for $2,379 it gave to Macdonald. It actually was a donation, Macdonald said.
“I believe in the Sunshine Law,” Macdonald wrote and said the issues raised were “legitimate and right on target.”
Macdonald took responsibility for his errors, apologized and said he regrets “the cloud of confusion the public must feel regarding my reports.
English said Macdonald’s election loss didn’t excuse, but helped explain Macdonald’s “loss of enthusiasm” in filing the reports. His apology, meanwhile, “says a lot for his character.”
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