UPDATE: Bates Mattison amended his campaign finance filings on May 11. For more, go here.
City Council member Bates Mattison’s campaign finance numbers still don’t add up more than half a year after he said they would be corrected.
Mattison’s campaign finance report filed last October, when he ran unopposed for re-election to his District 3 seat, showed total contributions of about $17,000 and total expenditures of about $24,000, but also a positive net balance of about $2,700. Those numbers were repeated on an end-of-year report he filed with the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office.
In several emails since then, Mattison has said he has an accountant figuring out the problem. “[My] accountant has all the paperwork, but tax season has delayed the completion,” he wrote in a recent email.
Mattison had another campaign finance filing issue last year, when the state imposed $1,375 in fees and fines on his campaign for failure to file various disclosures in 2011 through 2013. Mattison said he filed hard-copy versions of the form on time, but failed to file electronically as well under a widely criticized state system.