Accuser formally files GEC complaint against San Nicolas; Congressman says he hasn’t received copy of complaint

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John Paul Manuel, the former chief of staff of Congressman Michael San Nicolas, is calling for a complete audit of the congressman’s campaign finances.

John Paul Manuel, the former chief of staff of Congressman Michael San Nicolas, formally filed his complaint against the congressman at the Guam Election Commission.

Manuel filed his complaint at the GEC office in Hagatna just before 5 p.m.

Manuel is calling for a complete audit of the congressman’s campaign finances, alleging that there are improprieties.

He alleged that the congressman’s campaign finances are “not detailed” and “very vague” with many items just “lumped under marketing.”

“But if they do a full audit, with all the receipts, everything would be laid bare,” Manuel said.

Manuel said that as campaign chairman, he knows exactly where campaign funds were used for and according to Manuel he has already solicited the services of a lawyer.

In response, San Nicolas issued the following statement: “We have not received a copy of this complaint. Again, it is clearly orchestrated to cause maximum political damage by being filed at 5 p.m. on a Friday – 3 a.m. in DC – so we are unable to receive a copy to review and comment. All allegations of my wrongdoing are baseless and we will reveal this over the course of any due process.”

Although it has not formally announced its agenda yet, the GEC board is set to meet on Sept. 19 and may discuss the complaint filed against the congressman.

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