Problems in books found Dec. 4
The corrected reports change only the contribution balance figures — essentially cash on hand at the end of each particular reporting period — rather than amounts of the actual political donations and campaign expenditures. Relying on actual bank account balances at various times, the new figures are $600,000 to $1.3 million lower than what the original documents reported was on hand, said Ed Shack, an election lawyer who advised the Dewhurst campaign.
For instance, the report originally filed in July, covering the period of Jan. 1 to June 30, said that the Dewhurst campaign still had almost $780,000 in the bank. The corrected report lowers that to a little more than $7,200.
Campaign officials, speaking on background because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said an accountant discovered problems in the campaign books on Dec. 4 and told Wolf, who quickly passed on the information to Dewhurst. The next day, Dewhurst, his lawyers and the accountant confronted Barfield, the campaign officials say. The campaign was facing a legal deadline, so officials filed the amended paperwork and took their complaints to the district attorney shortly before Christmas.
Campaign officials say they are checking federal finance reports for Dewhurst’s unsuccessful 2012 campaign for U.S.
This home at 1606 Watchhill Road in Austin is listed in Travis County records as owned by Buddy Barfield and his wife, Jan. Buddy Barfield is under scrutiny for the disappearance of campaign funds.