Wyatt, Wingo did not file disclosure reports for more than two years.

Three of Buffalo’s common council members are late filing campaign finance disclosure statements, the last of which was due Jan. 18.

Or rather, they were behind.

When the Investigative Post started asking about their missing documents last week, at least two of them started trying to make up for it.

When we checked the state election commission online records Shortly after the Jan. 18 deadline, we discovered that two city lawmakers — Rasheed Wyatt and Ulysees Wingo — hadn’t filed since 2019. That was the last year Buffalo council members were on the ballot. A third, David Rivera, had not filed since July 2020.

A candidate’s campaign committee is required to file at least two reports a year, and five years longer than the candidate stands for election. Failure to do so isn’t just bad bookkeeping: it’s against the law. Failure to file is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 for one missed deposit and up to $10,000 for three or more missed deposits in a year.

Furthest from compliance was the University District’s Wyatt, who chairs the council’s finance committee and was rumored to be planning to run for city comptroller in 2023.

Wyatt’s campaign committee last reported back to June 2019, just before that year’s Democratic primary. Because he was on the ballot in 2019, Wyatt should have filed four more reports that year — a regular July report, plus two reports before the general election and one after. None of these were recorded.

Wyatt was also missing mandatory January and July reports for 2020 and 2021. There was no sign of a Jan. 18 report either. That left nine reports for Wyatt.

Asked about the missing documents, Wyatt told the Investigative Post that he thought he was up to date, but his treasurer was having trouble with the state board’s online filing system.

Board spokesman John Conklin told the Investigative Post that there was no evidence that Wyatt’s treasurer had attempted to file any documents in the past two and a half years. However, Conklin said, after the Investigative Post spoke to the board member, Wyatt’s treasurer reached out to the board for help filing past reports. And, of course, two of the missing reports surfaced over the weekend.

The second worst scofflaw was Wingo, from the district of Masten. Wingo had not filed since November 2019, just before the general election that year. In all, he had missed six mandatory filings, including the report due January 18.

Like Wyatt, Wingo told the Investigative Post that his campaign staff struggled to use the council’s website to file reports.

“Little has moved in my account since the last time we deposited, but we’re definitely working on it,” Wingo said. “I’m not making up any excuses. It’s just a matter of synchronizing with the election office.

Conklin said there has been no indication that Wingo’s committee has attempted to file a filing since it was contacted by Investigative Post, and no new filing has been posted online.


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Niagara District’s Rivera — the majority leader and chairman of the police oversight committee — failed to file either of the two required reports last year, council records show. The board also did not file a Jan. 18 case for Rivera. However, Rivera’s campaign treasurer told the Investigative Post last week that they would be up to date by the weekend. Saturday night they were.

Northern District’s Joe Golombek, Southern Chris Scanlon, Delaware’s Joel Feroleto, Fillmore’s Mitch Nowakowski, Lovejoy’s Bryan Bollman and Ellicott’s Darius Pridgen were all in compliance Friday.

Council seats are on the ballot in 2023. Scanlon had the most cash on hand — just over $51,000. Bollman had the least, with just over $3,800.