But the former aides say the campaign struggled to keep track of how the money was spent and suffered from poor documentation. Henson and Thomas pinned part of the blame on what they called a blurred wall between Brown’s campaign and personal finances.
The 2009 audit revealed 17 campaign expenditures totaling $9,139 that were not paid out of the committee’s bank account, as well as seven checks totaling $16,042 that were improperly made payable to cash. According to an OCF review of bank statements, Brown had also loaned his campaign $25,265 without reporting it in a timely manner.
Brown eventually reconciled his campaign finance reports. But OCF officials said they could not provide supporting documentation with their audit because they turned those records over to the U.S. attorney’s office at its request in February. A spokesman for the office, which earlier this year requested fundraising records for several council members, declined to comment.