OCF Clears Yvette Alexander (Mostly)
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander runs a "well organized and coordinated" constituent services shop, hasn't improperly spent constituent services funds on herself, and did not use her power as a councilmember to try and enrich her landlord—former Councilmember H.R. Crawford—a new report from the Office of Campaign Finance says.
Alexander did however, improperly use funds from her constituent services account for political purposes, including a $300 charge for a robocall, the report says. There's also $4,700 in spending from Alexander's constituent services account that wasn't reported, OCF says without giving any details on how that money was spent. OCF is recommending a $4,000 fine.
Alexander says she pleased that the report cleared her of any serious wrongdoing, and adds that she plans to file an amended campaign finance report that she says will clear up the remaining issues. She says all the spending from her constituent services fund was legitimate (the robocall was to spread the word about a community meeting, and wasn't politically related, Alexander says.)
"I'm sure I won't have to pay [the fines] after I submit an amended report," says Alexander. "This is a good time for me to clear up anything, especially during the election."
Indeed. Here's the full report: