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DA investigates election irregularities in Jay Twp. Auditor race

December 16, 2011

The Jay Township Municipal Building.

At last month's meeting of the Jay Township board or supervisors, newly-elected township auditor John Bricen, fresh off his election day write-in victory over opponent Peggy Coppolo acknowledged a controversy involving improprieties with his campaign literature and a resultant complaint filed by Coppolo accusing him of violating election law.
"There seems to be some controversy over my handout literature having the proper documentation on the bottom, having a complaint filed, I understand that, that happens," Bricen said.
The "documentation" referred to is a "disclaimer notice" which according to the Federal Election Committee serves to identify the person or organization "who paid for the communication and, where applicable, the person(s) who authorized the communication," on campaign literature, and advertisements. Coppolo claimed that the "disclaimer notice," which is required by the FEC on all "public communications...bulk email...and websites available to the general public," was not included on Bricen's campaign literature.
Coppolo filed the complaint with Kimberley Fry, Elk County Director of Election, on Nov. 9 and with it submitted exhibits of Bricen's campaign advertisements which she claimed demonstrated his violation of election code.
In a letter sent to Fry and subsequently forwarded to Coppolo, Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus explained his review of the items and his subsequent determination that the matter was not prosecutable and no criminal charges would be brought against Bricen.

Comments

D.A. investigates small time voter irregularity????

December 17, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 3 days ago
Comment: 305

But passes on possible Illegal Prescriptions from local Doctor where a DEATH occurred? R U Kiddin me?

DA or DAH

December 20, 2011 by run88run (not verified), 3 years 10 hours ago
Comment: 310

Is this really happening? The DA's office actually took the time and nvestigated voter irregularity when thousands of pills are being prescribed to healthy citizens of Elk County each and every day. This DA should be investigated for abuse or misuse of the very office that he serves. This cartoon is unbelievable and must stop! When will the people of Elk County realize that he is standing by and doing nothing while our community is breaking apart at the seams? Can the Daily Press cover more about the prescription drug abuse and it's affects on our crumbling county?

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