Ulster Republican Chairman Roger Rascoe said this week that he has filed a complaint with the Board of Elections’ enforcement office about Democratic Senate candidate Pramilla Malick’s failure to disclose how much she paid for Times Herald-Record ads she bought before the Sept. 13 primary in her financial filings.
Rascoe announced in a press release that Malick, a political newcomer who was waging a write-in effort to get on the ballot against Republican Sen. John Bonacic in November, bought at least 10 campaign ads before the primary and that he had sent a complaint letter to Risa Sugarman, the board’s enforcement counsel, to report that Malick’s financial statements didn’t record the advertising expenses. “It has become obvious that they are engaging in fraudulent behavior to disguise their campaign spending,” Rascoe fumed. “What else are they trying to hide?”
In an emailed response on Friday, Malick told the Record that her campaign treasurer “forgot to include those expenses because they were not paid out of our committee account but rather directly by my husband. Although he had given her the information about the expense, in her rush to get the papers filed, she forgot to include it and is filing an amendment today. Please note that at the time those expenses were incurred we did not yet have a bank account or a Treasurer for that matter.” The amendment had not been recorded on the state Board of Elections website by the end of the day.
Malick, who won her write-in bid and will challenge Bonacic in the Nov. 8 election, had only $1,300 in her campaign account as of Monday. Bonacic has $750,000. His last filing indicated that he raised $26,000 in less than three weeks.