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April 3, 2013

Actions by candidate raise questions

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“I didn’t get to all of them,” Moore said. “So I returned the rest of the money to the people who bought tickets on (the following) Monday at the senior center. I volunteer at the senior center so I was there.”

But something else Moore did while returning fees has again drawn criticism, for she distributed $10 gift certificates to some of those who had purchased the ill-fated tickets. Moore had purchased the gift cards for the prizes for the free raffle drawings she planned for the event.

“I had originally advertised free raffles as part of the fundraiser,” Moore said. “I didn’t want to be accused of false advertising, so I gave the gift certificates out.”

Moore said she didn’t give a certificate to everyone who’d purchased tickets. She estimated there were about half-a-dozen certificates she distributed.

Moore said the whole thing has been a learning experience and she’s wiser now.

“I should have used the word ‘event’ to describe it, instead of ‘fundraiser.’ “ she said.

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