State claims excess contributions received
By Josh Resnek
The DeMaria Jr. Campaign Committee apparently owes $7,050 for excessive contributions it apparently received from 9 individual contributors during 2022, according to the Office for Campaign and Finance following a review by the agency of donations made to the mayor.
Nine different contributors gave more than the legally allowed amount to the DeMaria Jr. Campaign Committee, OCPF alleges.
OCPF instructed the DeMaria Committee that contributions are limited to $1,000 a year per individual for a candidate’s committee.
The DeMaria Committee was given until December 1 to answer OCPF’s review and or to pay back the money that had been improperly accepted.
The mayor was sent a copy of the OCPF report.
The mayor did not respond to the Leader Herald’s inquiry about whether or not the excessive payments had been returned.
This OCPF review followed another instance of campaign contribution irregularities identified by the state campaign watchdog in a report issued last week.
That report detailed an investigation into donations made by local businessman Greg Antonelli to the DeMaria Campaign with illegally funneled campaign contributions made to the campaign through family members, according to a public statement issued by OCPF.