Chicago woman mistakenly named in Alan Grayson's campaign disclosure 'comfortable' with his explanation
The retired Chicago teacher, who unexpectedly found herself named nearly 2,300 times in Alan Grayson's most recent Senate campaign disclosure, says the situation has been "one of the more bizarre occurrences in my life."
Jacqueline Kirley didn't know about the anomaly reported in the Democratic congressman's quarterly report -- filed two weeks ago with the FEC -- until the Herald/Times called her Wednesday. The question of 'What happened?' seemed answered Thursday when Grayon's campaign acknowledged a "very weird, weird" glitch in their reporting software.
It caused Kirley's name to be associated with the donor ID of a political action committee that helps Democratic candidates raise money; the mistake incorrectly identified contributions made through the PAC as having come from Kirley when she, in fact, had not donated anything to Grayson's Senate run.
Kirley couldn't be reached for a final comment prior to our story running yesterday, but she replied late Thursday evening by email -- relaying a sense of relief, but also some lingering questions of how the report had been filed with such an obvious flaw.