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Filner recall organizers call for financial disclosure

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Organizers of the recall Bob Filner campaign are calling for full financial disclosure.

Stampp Corbin and Elisa Brent are raising questions Saturday about how the recall campaign donations were handled.

"It's fishy. It's very fishy to me."

Once behind the recall Bob Filner effort, Elisa Brent is now criticizing its organizers, saying they're not disclosing what happened to thousands of dollars in donations.

"They need to show the citizens of San Diego what they spent the money on, and prove that there was no alternative motives," Brent said.

An estimated $100,000 was raised for the summer campaign, which halted following Filner's resignation.

Brent claims financial disclosures were supposed to be filed with the clerk's office by September 30th, but when she and fellow recall supporter Stampp Corbin checked, nothing was there.

"They don't want to tell you where the money was spent...who was the organization that got paid by the campaigns," Corbin said. "Because many of those organizations are the same that support certain candidates in races across San Diego."

In an open letter addressed to Michael Pallamary, John Cox, and April Boling -- Corbin and Brent said in part quote, "this lack of transparency is exactly what the citizens of San Diego have grown weary of."

They also voiced their concerns regarding refunds to donors.

According to them, people who gave $50 or less got nothing. The others received 46 percent back of what they paid.

"I think it's absurd that people who paid under $50 shouldn't get a refund," Brent said.

In response, Treasurer Boling told the U-T, that the disclosure hasn't been made yet because not everyone has cashed their refund checks.

A statement, both Corbin and Brent call a lie.

"April Boling had gone on the record stating you're still waiting for checks to clear, but my friends received checks...it said plainly that September 30th the checks were void, so I don't see what the controversy is in waiting."

Brent and Corbin both say they will not give up until those numbers are disclosed. 

News 8 reached out to Michael Pallamary, he did not call us back, but he referred the station to his Facebook page for a response.

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