MORE: Loudoun’s Scott York cleared in campaign finance complaint
"The bottom line is there is no 'there' there," Stamos said.
Loudoun conservative activist Sally Mann filed the campaign finance allegation against York with the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney's office in August. Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman, a Republican, then handed off the case to Stamos to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
In a letter to Mann, Stamos wrote:
"First, none of the allegations you have submitted constitute matters ripe for review by this office because the general registrar has not taken the necessary action to trigger such review. Specifically, the Loudoun County General Registrar has not notified Mr. York of any incomplete filings and allowed him to supply missing information as required by law before referring the matter to the commonwealth's attorney. Second, even if Mr. York were deemed to have filed incomplete reports that warranted review by this office, the applicable statute of limitations would bar a prosecution based on thirty-one out of the thirty-six transactions you have cited."
First elected chairman in 1999, York is battling Republican Charlie King, Democrat Phyllis Randall and independent Tom Bellanca in what has been a nasty race thus far.
While York is currently in office as a Republican, he is seeking re-election as an independent.
In her complaint, Mann expressed concern about three issues under the state's Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. Those being:
-Vague and incomplete information regarding reimbursements.
-Failing to list the address of named entities for which reimbursement was sought.
-Aggregating reimbursements not of the same nature.
In her filing, Mann claimed she found errors in at least 36 transactions on 13 of York's reports. The dollar figure in question totals more than $43,000.
York said he was “gratified by the quick disposition of a frivolous complaint filed in support of Charlie King's campaign."
"Mr. King, as one of my three opponents this year, has had nothing positive to say to the voters of Loudoun County, and this is one more example of his negative, flailing campaign,” York said in a prepared statement.
The chairman has dwarfed his opponents in the fundraising fight, raising $157,000 in 2015 compared to King's $68,000 and Democrat Phyllis Randall's $57,000, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information.
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