The Illinois State Board of Elections has ordered Sandra Bury to appear at a hearing today for campaign disclosure violations. The complaint against Bury stems from her failure to disclose that her political committee Sandra Bury for Mayor of Oak Lawn paid for a letter mailed to residents of District 3 which endorsed Scott Hollis in his failed campaign to unseat sitting Trustee Robert Streit.
In the letter dated March 31, 2015, with the header “From the desk of Mayor Bury,” Bury urges residents not to vote for Bob Streit, to instead to cast their vote for Scott Hollis, who she endorsed.
According to the Illinois Election Code (ILCS 5/9-9.5(a)), “Any political committee… that makes an expenditure for a pamphlet… or other communication directed at voters and mentioning the name of a candidate in the next upcoming election shall ensure that the name of the political committee paying for any part of the communication, including, but not limited to, its preparation and distribution, is identified clearly within the communication as the payor.”
Bury’s committee, of which she serves as its chairman and treasurer, did not identify itself as the payor for the mailing, which hit mailboxes in the days just prior to the April 7, 2015 election.
This isn’t the first time that Bury has run afoul of the Election Code. On three previous occasions, Bury has appeared before the Illinois State Board of Elections. The last time, Bury’s committee failed to disclose who paid for over $4,000 in mailing expenses. The Board determined that if Bury violated election law again, she would face a $5,000 fine.
Bury has only been in office for 2 years, but she has so far had to amend her filed campaign disclosure reports at least 10 times.
Trustee Streit filed the complaint. “Once again, it seems like the Mayor wants to pick and choose what rules she plays by, while chastising others. We all play by the same rules,” said Streit.
View the endorsement letter below: