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Welle says software issues, bad e-mail to blame for FEC errors

Treasurer says disclosure deficiencies to be fixed by November 1

By David Wildstein, October 24 2018 12:55 am

Democratic congressional candidate Josh Welle has amended his April quarterly Federal Election Commission report to fix some technical errors the campaign blamed on software issues.

In a letter dated Saturday and made public by the FEC early this morning, Welle campaign treasurer Larry Fox acknowledged a conference call last week with campaign finance regulators to clear up a series of discrepancies.

“Due to an undetected error that resulted when the (Welle for Congress) committee changed its fundraising software systems, some items were inadvertently reported as primary funds,” Fox wrote, saying that an amended report will be filed to reflect the corrections.

Fox blamed some of the problems on the FEC, saying they were using the wrong e-mail address to reach the campaign.

“Commission correspondence was being delivered to an e-mail account no longer used or monitored by the committee,” Fox wrote.  “It appears that all commission correspondence is now being delivered to the appropriate, actively-monitored e-mail address.”

The Welle campaign acknowledged six individual reporting errors, all relatively minor in nature.

Fox promised that missing information necessary to itemize some expenditures is being remedied, and promised that they will be fixed by November 1.

Welle faces 19-term Republican Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in New Jersey’s 4th district.

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