State Rep. Dave Robertson Fined $2K For Using $15K Of His Own Money To Finance His Campaign Without Properly Disclosing It

BOSTON, MA — State Representative Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury), who represents five of Wilmington’s six precincts, recently accepted a $2,000 fine from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) stemming from issues of non-disclosure during his 2020 re-election campaign.

According to a disposition agreement between Robertson and OCPF, Robertson admitted to violating state campaign finance law by using $15,399.05 in personal funds for campaign expenditures without utilizing funds on deposit in his campaign committee’s bank account.

During the primary and general elections, Robertson’s campaign distributed door hangers, letters, and signs, and placed advertisements on Facebook and in newspapers. Nevertheless, the campaign committee’s bank reports from August 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 only disclosed two expenditures — a pair of $3 bank fees.

It turned out that the Robertson’s campaign committee’s approximately 30 expenditures for campaign materials and services from August 5, 2020 through October 15, 2020 — totaling $15,399.05 — were paid for by Robertson with personal funds, outside of the Committee’s bank account.

After he was contacted by the OCPF in mid-October over his lack of disclosures, Robertson began using funds on deposit in his campaign committee’s bank account for campaign activities. The Committee’s bank report for the month of October confirms this with four expenditures totaling approximately $3,300 for campaign services and supplies.

The campaign committee then filed an external activity report with OCPF to disclose that approximately $15,000 had been spent by the candidate outside of the bank account.

“I am pleased to have worked with OCPF to properly clarify and record how my own personal, out-of-pocket expenses were meant to be stated, and am confident going forward that this issue is permanently resolved,” said Robertson.

Robertson told the Wilmington Town Crier last week that Robert Peterson Jr., who serves as Wilmington Town Moderator, is his new campaign treasurer.

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