Hall-Long’s campaign audit reveals a stark reality: Delaware deserves greater transparency

The News Journal | November 17, 2023
A News Journal Editorial

We join Delaware Common Cause and the Delaware Coalition for Open Government in calling on Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long to release an audit of her campaign finances — even though she is not required to do so by Delaware Law.

Hall-Long, who seeks the governor’s seat in 2024, has called the audit an act of transparency, but she has continued to decline to release the document itself. The audit, undertaken shortly after Hall-Long announced her campaign, was prompted by what Hall-Long has said were “reporting issues requiring attention.”


John Flaherty, a former president of the Coalition for Open Government and a current board member, told Fries that while Hall-Long was not legally obligated to disclose the audit, conducted by Dover-based Summit CPA, she should.

“They announced that they were going to do an audit, and I would hope they’d release the results of that audit,” Flaherty said. “There is no harm in releasing what should be an effort to convey to the public that they have checks and balances in their campaign. They should release it in the spirit of openness and transparency.”


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