Officials with State superintendent Glenda Ritz’s gubernatorial campaign are attempting to clear up allegations they violated Indiana election finance laws.
Earlier this week, financial documents submitted to the state showed that Ritz accepted 28 campaign donations totaling more than $8,000 between January 6th and February 23rd, during the 2015 legislative session. State election laws prohibit candidates from accepting or soliciting donations when the General Assembly meets.
In a statement released Saturday night, Ritz’s team said they had discovered and amended “inadvertent errors” in the campaign’s most recent finance report. They say the dates for twenty-one of the contributions have been changed to reflect a date of possession outside of the blackout period, rather than the date of deposit during that period, as they were originally submitted.
Ritz’s team also clarified that they had indeed received unsolicited contributions.
“While a number of these unsolicited contributions were refunded prior to the report, three contributions totaling roughly $900 were inadvertently deposited,” Ritz’s camp said in the statement. “These contributions have now been refunded by the campaign.”
The corrected report has been submitted to the Indiana Elections Division.
“The amended report makes several corrections to ensure full compliance with Indiana’s campaign finance law,” Ritz’s camp said in the statement. “We look forward to continuing to fully comply with all reporting requirements.”
The Ritz for Governor team also announced the addition of a new treasurer, although they did not provide a name.