COOS BAY — Coos Bay mayoral candidate Mark Daily has spent more than $3,000 in radio advertising since early October, but has yet to declare that expenditure to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, according to a search of the state database on Tuesday.
The World reported on Oct. 20 that Daily appeared to have run afoul of state campaign finance reporting deadlines, after a check of the Secretary of State's ORESTAR campaign finance database revealed Daily had not yet disclosed either transactions or expenditures by the morning of the 20th.
Since then, Daily has disclosed multiple cash and in-kind campaign contributions, with all but $100 coming from himself.
- On Aug. 31, Daily spent $396 for 100 signs and wire stakes, an expenditure that he was required to report on Oct. 4 but which was not reported until Oct. 20. His cash expenditure later was amended on Oct. 21 to an in-kind contribution.
- On Sept. 3, Daily spent $214.25 for 32 car magnets. Again, that expenditure was due to be reported by Oct. 4 and was not entered until Oct. 20. Like the sign purchase, the expenditure later was amended on Oct.21 to an in-kind contribution.
- On Sept. 30, Daily spent $226.99 on Facebook ads, an expense that was due to be reported on Oct. 7 but was not reported until Oct. 20. That expenditure later was amended on Oct.21 to an in-kind contribution.
- On Oct. 14, Daily donated $200 to his own campaign and received an additional $100 as a "miscellaneous cash contribution. Those contributions were reported on Oct. 20, a day before the report was due.
However, an investigation by The World revealed that on Oct. 6, Daily began paying Hunt Broadcasting for both a Monday through Friday 30-minute paid political advertisement radio show and 50 radio spots a week, at a cost of $125 per show and $9 per spot. As of Oct. 25, those expenses would amount to around $3,100.
As of deadline, Daily has not disclosed any of his radio advertising expenditures to the state.