I have to agree with modernesquire – this kind of behavior is unacceptable. From the Dispatch:
Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller of Columbus, who hasn’t filed a valid campaign finance report since mid-2005, apparently did not do so again yesterday.
And modernesquire’s commentary:
There is absolutely no excuse for someone to violate our campaign finance laws this egregiously.
I agree completely. We don’t hammer on Republicans when they do this because they are Republican – we hammer on them because it’s wrong. I’m willing to give people the benefit of the doubt; after all, they are just human, and mistakes can be made, and deadlines overlooked. It happens. But like the old saying goes, “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action.”
I don’t think there is any other way to view this than as willful disregard for laws designed to keep government, government officials, and those running for office accountable to the public they are supposed to serve.