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Manski fails to account for campaign finances


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison school board candidate Sarah Manski, who withdrew from the race last month but remains on the ballot, failed to submit a required campaign finance report, leaving questions over her fundraising in the days before her primary victory.

Manski's last filed report shows $2,677 raised as of Feb. 4, with donors including state lawmakers Peter Barca and Terese Berceau. The total includes a personal loan from Manski to her campaign of $1,572.

The report due city officials Monday would have included any fundraising between Feb. 4 and Feb. 19, the day of Manski's primary victory in a three candidate field. Manski announced to supporters Feb. 21 she would no longer actively seek the seat, citing her husband's acceptance to a graduate program outside of Wisconsin.

A report shows fundraising by Manski primary opponent T.J. Mertz totaled $1,395 during that period.

In a email solicitation to supporters the day after her primary victory, Manski referenced the "...the need to raise another $8,000 to be the victor in the April 2nd general election." 

The email also stated, "We spent all our resources." Manski's campaign finance report filed last month shows a campaign fund balance of $534 after disbursements.

Manski has returned no phone calls from 27 News seeking comment on her failure to file the required report.

Manski's campaign committee's listed treasurer, former school board member Nan Brien, told 27 News she allowed Manski to use her name as treasurer, but said she was not involved in fundraising or preparing campaign finance reports.

Brien said Wednesday she was "concerned" no report had been filed, but later contacted a 27 News reporter and said Manski assured her the report would be filed Thursday.

City Clerk staff member Eric Christianson said a letter will be sent to the Manski campaign this week over the failure to file. Christianson said the matter would also be referred to the Dane County District Attorney.

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