immediate release --May 5, 1999.
Contact Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699
of the Attorney General's Office:
William E. Davis Enters Guilty Plea to Failing to File Required
Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports
Scott County Attorney
William E. Davis pled guilty late Wednesday to two counts of failing to
file required campaign finance disclosure reports. Davis was sentenced
by Associate District Court Judge Jack Broderick to a deferred judgment,
one year's probation, and court costs. Davis was ordered to return and
appear before the court on May 3, 2000.
According to Asst.
Atty. Gen. Harold Young, who handled the prosecution, Judge Broderick
said from the bench that he was granting a deferred judgment because Davis
had no prior record, because Davis already has paid $2500 in civil fines
to the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board for late reporting, and because
other citizens would be treated the same way. The court is empowered to
dismiss the matter if Davis completes the probation successfully with
no violations of state or federal law.
The matter had been
referred to the Attorney General for prosecution by the State's Ethics
and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board. The Board had alleged that Davis
failed to file or timely file required campaign finance reports detailing
contributions and expenditures. Davis has been Scott Attorney since 1979.
The Attorney General's
Office filed a trial information containing two counts alleging that Davis
failed to file annual campaign finance disclosure reports as required
by Iowa law. Each count was a serious misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum
of a year in jail. Davis pled guilty to the charges today and was sentenced
by Judge Broderick in Scott District Court in Davenport.
Kay Williams, Executive
Director of the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board said:
"We are in the
business of receiving campaign finance reports, because it is the public's
right to know how money is raised and spent in campaigns. The Davis committee
repeatedly has failed to provide that public information, either by not
filing required disclosures, filing late, or filing inaccurately. We repeatedly
have asked Mr. Davis to correct this situation, but he has not been cooperative.
In fairness to the hundreds of committees who voluntarily comply with
the law, we felt it was necessary to take the next step in enforcement."
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