Prob­lems in books found Dec. 4

Con­sul­tant

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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.

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