Nudo will check financial statement after foe's criticism
CHAMPAIGN — State Senate candidate Alan Nudo of Champaign says he will look into whether he made an error filing his statement of economic interest with the Illinois secretary of state.
Nudo's Republican primary opponent, John Bambenek, also of Champaign, charged Thursday in a press release that Nudo failed to list the source of his income in 2010. Nudo is the president of the Champaign-based Robeson's Inc. Longtime Champaign merchant and developer Kyle Robeson is secretary of the firm.
In his economic interest statement, for example, Bambenek reported that his source of income was CIBER Inc., a firm in which he said he is a principal security consultant. Those filing the disclosures do not have to reveal the amount of money made, only that it is more than $1,200.
"I had my accountant look at (the statement of economic interest) and make sure that I was answering questions properly," Nudo said. "I've never filled one out before for a state political office so if I made a mistake on something I'll correct it and get it amended. There was no intent to deceive somebody. I'll have somebody look at it again."
Bambenek's charge was the second attack this week on Nudo's candidacy. Earlier, Adam Andrzejewski, who last year ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor, asserted that Nudo had helped elect Democrat Mike Frerichs to the Illinois Senate in 2006. Andrzejewski tied Nudo to a $5,000 campaign contribution to Frerichs from Triple R Development LLC. Bambenek and Nudo are running in the March 20 GOP primary for the opportunity to oppose Frerichs in the November general election.
Nudo vehemently denied Andrzejewski's charge, saying that he has no connection to Triple R.
"The suggestion that I had anything to do with the Triple R contributions to Mike Frerichs is ridiculous. The contribution was arranged by Frerichs' uncles," Nudo said. "Those are the two R's of the three, Lawrence and Kenneth Roessler. Lawrence and Kenneth Roessler are partners, and along with Kyle (Robeson), they formed the Triple R.
"I am not an employee. I get no compensation from them. I have no voting. I had no way to approve or disapprove the contribution. It's ridiculous."
Nudo said that Robeson's Inc. "is an LLC partner with Triple R, but I am not a voting member."
In a statement Andrzejewski released earlier this week, he charged that Nudo is "the Republican establishment hand-picked" opponent of Bambenek. Campaign disclosure records indicate that Andrzejeski has contributed at least $2,000 to Bambenek's campaign, $1,000 from his For the Good of Illinois political action committee and $1,000 from Adam for Illinois, his gubernatorial campaign fund.