The exact nature and scope of the investigation is unclear. It was spurred by a complaint filed against board members
According to Stewart and attorney
"There is nothing to indicate these folks, individually, did anything wrong," Catina said.
Stewart was notified of a complaint regarding the financial disclosure forms via a letter from the prosecutor's office he received
No charges have been filed, nor should there be, since nothing wrong was done, Catina said.
Stewart was unsure of the exact nature of the complaint filed last month but said he later learned there was an issue with the report filed by the alliance.
The initial form filed by the alliance listed its donations to the four board members as "in-kind contributions" but they were, in fact, "independent expenditures," said
Such donations could go toward anything from a mailer to phone calls or television commercial.
"Because it's an independent expenditure, the candidates are unaware of it until they have seen the commercial on television or the mailer that's been mailed," Shindle said.
The alliance filed an amended report with the
She was unsure how the alliance learned of the issue, but said that so far the organization has not been contacted by the
Stewart said he and the other school board members have yet to be contacted by the district attorney's office aside from the initial letter they received.
Blake declined comment Monday, and efforts to reach Pierce and Strasser were unsuccessful.
"If (the alliance) didn't file the paperwork right, why are we getting in trouble?" Stewart asked.
Of that amount,
The report does not say exactly what the money was for, just that it was an independent expenditure.
Stuart referred to the situation as "yet another contrived issue" against the four school board members who were voted into office last year and sworn into their new positions in January.
Blake, Pierce, Stewart and Strasser were among five school board members who voted in favor of closing
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