Complaint claims violations in governor’s race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A supporter of a rival Republican gubernatorial candidate filed a complaint Thursday with California’s elections watchdog agency, claiming that state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has failed to report the gift of a borrowed motor home as a campaign expense.
The motor home, which Donnelly calls “the Liberty Express,” is frequently featured in his social media posts and emails as he campaigns for governor throughout California.
The complaint filed by Tom Scott of Folsom, a supporter of GOP candidate Neel Kashkari, says the total cost to rent the RV Donnelly used for a 13-day bus tour in mid-February would range from $4,875 to $28,000. But no costs or gifts were reported in Donnelly’s campaign finance filing covering the period ending March 17.
Donnelly’s campaign also had the motor home at the California Republican Party convention from March 14-16, and he has been touring the state in it this month.
The San Bernardino County lawmaker, a Republican, reported using a borrowed motor home in 2013.
Scott’s complaint also claims the reported cost of using the motor home for $200 a day in 2013 is “well below market value.” It also alleges other reporting violations in Donnelly’s March campaign filing, such as failing to disclose who paid a $4,314 American Express bill.
A spokeswoman for Donnelly’s campaign, Katherine Parkinson, previously told The Associated Press that the costs of the motor home would be reported in an amendment to the initial report. She said this week that Donnelly’s campaign would provide the documents but has not done so.
Donnelly’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the complaint filed Thursday.