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Ald. Beale to file new congressional campaign disclosure report after Sun-Times raises questions

Aldermen Anthony Beale John Pope June Council meeting. Beale's house is smaller than Pope's but Beale's bill for water sewer

Aldermen Anthony Beale and John Pope at a June Council meeting. Beale's house is smaller than Pope's, but Beale's bill for water and sewer service last year was higher.

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Updated: March 6, 2013 6:26AM

Ald. Anthony Beale’s campaign is blaming a “glitch in the software” for failing to identify the origin of $44,000 in donations to his congressional campaign.

Beale’s campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat will file a new financial disclosure on Tuesday after the Chicago Sun-Times asked questions about $44,000 in donations that weren’t accounted for in filing documents last week.

Beale, who is running for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson’s old seat in the South Side and south suburban district, had claimed almost $50,000 in receipts but only accounted for $5,000 of it in a form filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Federal election laws say that only donations less than $200 need not be itemized.

“We’re doing an amendment. There was a glitch in the software,” said Delmarie Cobb, Beale’s campaign spokeswoman.

“We called them, we were very upset. When you asked me, I did not know what you were talking about but the moment I looked at it, it was clear as day.”

Cobb said the new filing will be “completely redone and will consist of 15 pages.” The previous filing consisted of just six pages.

She said the glitch happened when the $44,000 was inputed on the wrong line, one that was for non-itemized contributions. The Sun-Times first asked Beale’s people about the discrepancy on Friday.

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