Chapel Hill Town Council Member Donna Bell Dinged by State Board of Elections | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chapel Hill Town Council Member Donna Bell Dinged by State Board of Elections

Posted by on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM

click to enlarge Donna Bell
  • Donna Bell
The Committee to Elect Donna Bell does not appear to be an especially scrupulous operation. 

The Chapel Hill Town Council member's reelection campaign has been fined $500—the maximum amount allowable for a municipal race, per state law—by the State Board of Elections for submitting its 2015 year-end campaign finance report six weeks late.

Despite the penalty being assessed two months ago, Bell has yet to pay it, according to Amy Strange, deputy director for campaign finance and operations at the SBOE.

Bell's year-end report also, as the Chapel Hill Herald noted several months ago, shows several checks from developers—over $10,000 in all—dated prior to October 19. Those contributions should have been included in Bell's pre-election report. In an election largely fueled by dissatisfaction about overdevelopment in Chapel Hill, Bell's failure to disclose her developer windfall before the election has struck some as a tad suspicious

Bell tells the INDY that "personal family matters" are to blame for her late reports.

"My treasurer and I worked as best we could and got the new reports, as well as some corrections from previous reports, submitted," she says. 

Bell says the developers' checks weren't included in her pre-election report because "they were received after the end of the previous cycle," despite being dated prior to the end of that cycle. 

"My decisions have never been influenced by a contribution," Bell adds. "Always remember, I have eight other colleagues. I do not make or break a vote. Decisions are made by me and eight other people."

Strange says that the SBOE has assessed six fines in Chapel Hill elections over the last eight years. Five of those—to Laney Dale, Braxton Foushee, Jim Ward, John Dehart, and the CHC PAC—were subsequently waived. The sixth, issued to former mayor Mark Kleinschmidt earlier this year, is currently pending appeal. Kleinschmidt's pattern of developer-rich late disclosures closely mirrors Bell's.  

Bell tells the INDY she will "definitely pay the fine." She has another two months to do so, according to Strange.

"We follow the state’s aged receivables process," Strange says. "Once it reaches 120 days, it is forwarded to the collections section of the Attorney General’s office."

Tags: , ,

Pin It

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

In the words of Donald Trump, when questioned about the future ramifications of his meeting in North Korea...

"We'll …

by Alan L. Falk on Here's What North Carolina's Representatives in Congress Think of Trump's Performance at Putin Summit (News)

I just wish some of these people who are so "russia, russia, russia", crazy. Cared about russia when they took …

by Timothy Oswald on Here's What North Carolina's Representatives in Congress Think of Trump's Performance at Putin Summit (News)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

In the words of Donald Trump, when questioned about the future ramifications of his meeting in North Korea...

"We'll …

by Alan L. Falk on Here's What North Carolina's Representatives in Congress Think of Trump's Performance at Putin Summit (News)

I just wish some of these people who are so "russia, russia, russia", crazy. Cared about russia when they took …

by Timothy Oswald on Here's What North Carolina's Representatives in Congress Think of Trump's Performance at Putin Summit (News)

Pretty sad world we live in when a briefcase is more important than your child.

by Scott Gurtel on Pro tip: To avoid leaving child in car, put important briefcase in backseat next to less-important kid (News)

AS long as the hog industry is polluting the poor neighborhoods it is ok...according to the idiot republicans...and they are …

by Tony Dockery on The NCGA Wants to Give Hog Farms Carte Blanche to Spray Pig Crap Wherever They Want, Neighbors Be Damned (News)

I agree with the post by forourgirls. If you watch the video, you are stunned by the number of times …

by localteacher on Montessori School of Raleigh Directress Says She Was Fired for Talking to the Cops About Sexual Abuse at the School (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation