Cochran camp says it ‘screwed up’ cash accounting

Some of the reimbursements listed for Cochran Operations Director Shook through June 3 are large, including payments of $8,000, $10,000 and $15,000.

Cochran campaign adviser Austin Barbour says the filings were a mistake by the campaign’s treasurer. He said they should be listed as cash payments to “dozens” of people who helped knock on doors and with other GOTV work.

“Amanda, as director of operations, is like our office manager,” Barbour said. “So she would run to the bank to get cash to pay field workers.

“Our treasurer screwed up, and we are fixing it right now,” Barbour said. “We are amending our FEC report for the primary, and the one for the runoff – I think it’s due within a week or so – will be filed correctly.”

Barbour said campaign workers on Tuesday had “names and addresses of people spread out on the conference room table” and were compiling an amended report. He said the campaign would make the available publicly when finished, in a day or so.

Clarion Ledger
7/8/14