A local media outlet reports this morning that Ric Runestad and friends are now under formal investigation by the Allen County Election Board
As you may remember, Runestad filed the organizational documents for Friends of Good Government the day after the election. He was listed as chairman of the group. The document can be read here.
Indiana code states that when two or more people gather together for the purpose of raising or spending more than $100 in support of a candidate they’re considered a political action committee (PAC). They have 10 days to file the organizational paperwork with the election board.
Based on correspondence we had with WOWO and WANE, I’m certain that the commercial ad buys that ran days before the election will fall within the 10-day period. However, this group came together and organized long before that. In a flawed attempt they filed a writ to have Judge Scheibenberger removed from the ballot back on August 4th. The group included Runestad, Sharon Kuhn and John Popp, among others. Their motives were simple. They were seeking revenge against the judge for his handling of the Matt Kelty case.
In addition, these signs were printed and being placed around town long before the 10-day filing requirement, and all indications are it was the same group.
If Runestad doesn’t cooperate I hope that if the board moves ahead with its power to issue subpoenas, and they issue them to all of the dozen or so involved.