When a campaign pays someone, who winds up paying someone else for something, who should a campaign report as the payee on its disclosure reports? The ultimate payee? In a recent story ripped from the headlines, a WSJ article reports that
that federal authorities are now seeking records involving payments to Kristian B. Stiles, Spitzer’s political fund-raising consultant. A source told the NYT that authorities requested documentation for thousands of dollars in reimbursements to Stiles, who reportedly worked on Spitzer’s campaigns since 2003 and directs national fund-raising.
The FEC has a few closed matters involving this question, yet due to their age they do not seem to appear in the Enforcement Query System. One of them involved a campaign reporting bulk payments to a payroll company, rather than individually itemizing salary payments to campaign workers.