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What is the status of Brian Berger’s campaign finance reports?

Julian March
StarNews
Brian Berger. StarNews file photo.

Brian Berger. StarNews file photo.

Brian Berger is four reports delinquent, said Derek Bowens, a New Hanover County elections specialist for campaign finance.

As of August 2013, Berger had not filed the following reports: year-end report for 2011; a mid-year report for 2012; year-end report for 2012; mid-year report for 2013, Bowens said.

“We sent him a couple of letters just telling him he has had reports due,” Bowens said, adding that Berger never responded.

As of his last filing, Berger had $556.58 left in his account, according to the 2011 mid-year report.

Instead of not filing anything, Berger had three formal options.

Berger could fill out paperwork to declare his campaign account inactive, which would certify he would not spend or receive money.

Had he spent the money on any of nine approved ways, he could have closed the account out.

Or, he could have continued filing reports twice a year until the next election cycle. (If he ran again, the campaign reports would switch to a quarterly cycle.)

To access the reports yourself, go to tinyurl.com/BergerFiling. Once you are there, click on the top tab that says “Campaign Finance Reports.” Then, click on the folder that says “Elected Officials (Open)” and click on the folder that says “New Hanover County.” Open the “NHC Commissioners” folder and then click on Brian Berger’s file.

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